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The Changing Role of Law in Japan: Empirical Studies in Culture, Society and Policy Making

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Edited by: Dimitri Vanoverbeke, Jeroen Maesschalck, David Nelken

ISBN13: 9781783475643
Published: June 2014
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £80.00



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The Changing Role of Law in Japan offers a comparative perspective on the changing role of law in East Asia, discussing issues such as society, cultural values, access to the legal system and judicial reform. This innovative book places Japan in the wider context, juxtaposed with Europe, rather than the US, for the first time. Parallel to Japan's rise to economic prominence on the world scene in the 1960s, law and legal thinking in the country have become the focus for academic research in various respects. One recurring question has been how Japan managed to become one of the most important economic actors in the world, without the legal infrastructure usually associated with complex economic activities. This book addresses many current issues that illustrate important changes in Japanese society and its political and legal systems. The authors investigate fundamental questions about the precise role of law and the courts in Japan, and try to go beyond the classical paradigm that attributes the particularities of Japan to its unique culture or its exceptional position. The various contributions to this book all demonstrate the importance of challenging existing conceptions and revisiting them through meticulous socio-legal and empirical research. This book will appeal to scholars of sociology of law, international studies and those interested in a transnational approach to the legal framework. Graduate students dealing with law in Asia, intellectual property, patent law and competition law will also find much relevance in this interesting and stimulating book.

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Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Japan
Contents:
1. The Changing Role of Law in Japan: Empirical Studies in Culture, Society and Policy-Making: An Introduction Dimitri Vanoverbeke, Jeroen Maesschalck, Stephan Parmentier and David Nelken

PART I: SETTING THE SCENE
2. Legal Culture and Social Change David Nelken
3. State/Society Synergies in Western and Japanese Economic and Judicial Reform Volkmar Gessner
4. Law, Culture and Society in Changing Japan Ichiro Ozaki
5. Reforms of the Judiciary in Japan at the Start of the 21st Century: Initial Assessment of an Ongoing Process Dimitri Vanoverbeke and Takao Suami

PART II: THE LEGAL TURN? GROWING LEGALISM IN CONTEMPORARY JAPAN 6
. Law in a Changing Economy: Law of Trade Credit and Security Interests in Context Souichiro Kozuka
7. Toward an Understanding of the 'Japanese' Way of Dispute Resolution: How is it Different from the West? Hiroshi Takahashi
8. Between 'Benevolent Paternalism' and Genbatsuka: Diversity in Japanese Criminal Justice Erik Herber
PART III: THE TURN TO COURTS? A CHANGING ROLE FOR LEGAL ACTORS ;
9. Regulatory Enforcement of Environmental Law in Japan: An Analysis of the Implementation of the Water Control Pollution Act Ayako Hirata
10. Access to Attorneys in Japan and Judicial Reform Ryo Hamano
11. Institutional Change and Judicial Review in Contemporary Japan Tsukasa Mihira
12. Law in Japan: Culture, Situation and Behaviour Masayuki Murayama

PART IV: THE (RE)TURN TO EUROPE? SIGNS OF CONVERGENCE
13. What Keeps Plaintiffs Away from the Court? An Analysis of Antitrust Litigation in Japan, Europe and the US Simon Vande Walle
14. Revisiting Japanese Exceptionalism within the Context of 'Dynamic Patent Governance': A Comparative Analysis of the Japanese and European Patent System Esther van Zimmeren
15. Rule of Law and Human Rights in the Context of the EU - Japan Relationship: Are Both the EU and Japan Really Sharing the Same Values? Takao Suami Index