Mayumi Saegusa is a postdoctoral fellow focusing on contemporary Japan at the Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University. She received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006. During 2006-2007 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. During 2007-2008, she was an adjunct instructor at Sopia University and Jyosai University, Japan, and was a researcher at the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. Her primary research interests are institutional analysis, globalization, and law and society in contemporary Japan. At the Centre, she plans to work on a research project on Japan’s development of legal institutions in the rule of law era. This research consists of three parts: 1) Japan’s Current Social Transformation to a Law-Governed Society, 2) the Institutionalization of Alternative Dispute Resolution, and 3) the Promotion of Human Rights: Starbucks’ Influences in Expanding a Smoking-Free Environment in Japan.