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John Mark Ramseyer (born c. 1954) is Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies at Harvard Law School and a leading scholar on the subjects of Japanese Law and Law and Economics.

On November 3, 2018, Ramseyer was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, from the Japanese government in recognition of "his extensive contributions to the development of Japanese studies in the U.S. and the promotion of understanding toward Japanese society and culture."[1][2]



Ramseyer lived in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan through the age of 18 and is fluent in the Japanese language. He has taught at several Japanese universities including the University of Tokyo and Hitotsubashi University.

College and university positionsEdit

  • Adjunct Instructor of Law: Hitotsubashi University and Tohoku University in Japan.[3]
  • Visiting Professor of Law: Harvard Law School, 1991.
  • Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies: Harvard Law School, 1998–present.


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