The law scholar says that the law is often considered to be a rule that binds the people, but in the first place, it is to protect the foundations of the individual's free existence. He continues that it first blocks anyone forming a cabal and invading it by force and, after preserving the concerned individual, discusses which has to stand reason in public. From "For Whom The Law Was Born."
"December 26 2019
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"