There is a need for the development of systems that are compliant with laws in public administration, because their administrative activities are based on laws. When new laws are made or existing laws are amended, however, civil servants need to develop or modify the systems in the short time before the laws are issued. Related work in requirements elicitation from the legal texts includes approaches using ontology but there are difficulties in building an ontology for practical use. In this paper we propose pre-defined templates with the expression of functional requirements to identify legal texts, including their functional requirements, and a support tool consisting of two functions, one for automatic summary creation from complicated legal texts and one for the suggestion of the legal texts, including their functional requirements. We have also applied this approach to Japanese laws and have evaluated its accuracy. Our research revealed that using this approach can identify functional requirements with high accuracy.
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