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The Rule of Law in Japan: A Comparative Analysis 4th ed

ISBN13: 9789041186669
Previous Edition ISBN: 9789041141255
Published: June 2017
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £161.00

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The Rule of Law in Japan: A Comparative Analysis systematically compares US and Japanese law across all major fields of legal practice taking into account their different civil/common law approaches and the unique history of modern Japanese law.

This fourth revised edition updates the work with the continuing dramatic changes in Japan’s legal system, including changes in criminal trials, disclosures to defense counsel of evidence to be used by the prosecution, the increasing use of recordings of interrogation sessions, and the impact of the indigenous movement for judicial reform.

What’s in this book:-

In this fourth revised edition, which follows the same comparative structure as the former editions, author Carl Goodman – an internationally known authority with extensive experience in international practice, university teaching in both Japan and the US, and US government service – takes expert stock of new developments, including the following:-

  • the Cabinet’s Declaration reinterpreting the Renunciation of War Clause in the Constitution and legislation following such reinterpretation;
  • interpretation of new rules for international jurisdiction of Japanese courts, including the new law’s effect on mirror image lawsuits filed in Japan;
  • the Supreme Court’s rulings dealing with the presumption of paternity, the waiting period for remarriage after divorce, and inheritance rights of “out of wedlock children”;
  • international and domestic Japanese child custody;
  • unanticipated consequences of criminal trials before the new mixed lay/professional panels;
  • debate concerning the Emperor’s announcement of his desired abdication; and
  • an update of Japan’s experiment with new graduate legal faculties.
Although the alteration of the legal landscape in Japan is highly visible, the author does not hesitate to raise questions as to how far-reaching the changes really are. In almost every branch of the new Japanese legal practice, he uncovers ways in which laws and judicial rulings are closely qualified and are likely to present challenges in any given case, thus reminding the reader in each chapter that “what you see may not be what you get.”

How this will help you:-

Through a lens of legal norms and rules, this book provides a sophisticated understanding of the modern Japanese society. This work enables practitioners gain powerful insight into the influence of individualistic versus communal values on legal systems and such systems’ differing adoption of rule of law concepts. Thus, this book helps lawyers approach any case involving the Japanese legal norms confidently.

For these reasons, and for its comprehensive coverage, this new edition is sure to become the best-informed practical guide for non-Japanese lawyers with dealings in Japan.

Other Jurisdictions , Japan
About the Author
CHAPTER 1 Introduction
CHAPTER 2 Foundations of the Legal System
CHAPTER 3 Constitutional Ideology
CHAPTER 4 The Legal Profession
CHAPTER 5 The Judiciary
CHAPTER 6 Treaties
CHAPTER 7 Freedom of Expression
CHAPTER 8 Equality and Issues of Discrimination
CHAPTER 9 Family Law and Issues of Modern Science That Affect the Family
CHAPTER 10 Renunciation of War: Military Power and Responsibility
CHAPTER 11 Separation of Church and State
CHAPTER 12 Contracts
CHAPTER 13 Corporate Matters
CHAPTER 14 Civil Litigation
CHAPTER 15 Conflict of Laws
CHAPTER 16 Criminal Law
CHAPTER 17 Administrative Law
CHAPTER 18 Unifying Factors
CHAPTER 19 Conclusion
Table of Japanese Cases
Table of United States Cases