Japanese American Society for Legal Studies (Nichibei Ho Gakukai) was originally established in 1964 both in the United States and in Japan as a bi-national academic society by American and Japanese legal scholars and practitioners who were interested in comparative studies of Japanese law and American law. Its establishment followed the publication of Law in Japan: The Legal Order in a Changing Society (1963) edited by Professor Arthur Taylor von Mehren of Harvard Law School. Based on the foundation of this classic work, the Society has assumed the mission to further the mutual understanding, and seek the development, of Japanese and American law and legal scholarship, especially through cooperation of members of the legal profession. Founding co-representative directors were Professor David F. Cavers of Harvard Law School and Professor Sanji Suenobu of the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law.
American Branch had issued its annual periodical, Law in Japan: An Annual, until it completed its mission after publishing volume 27 and dissolved in 2002.
Japan Branch continues to issue its semi-annual periodical, Amerika Ho. It holds a two-day annual meeting in every September, and the program includes a symposium by American and Japanese panelists on recent development in various fields of American law, workshops on recent cases in American courts, and so on. In addition, such special events as lectures by American scholars, lawyers, and judges are irregularly held.
The Society consists of more than 800 members. Characteristically the Society includes more than 100 practitioner-members in it, in addition to legal scholars, and they are actively participating in the Society's activity as directors, councilors, and editors of the periodical.
Current representative director is Professor Yoshiko Kakishima of the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law.

Office: c/o The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 Japan
Executive Secretary: Professor Kichimoto Asaka of the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law (e-mail: kichi@j.u-tokyo.ac.jp)