9780226894034

Law In Everyday Japan: Sex, Sumo, Suicide, And Statutes

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226894034

  • ISBN10:

    0226894037

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-08-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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Summary

Lawsuits are rare events in most people's lives. High-stakes cases are even less commonplace. Why is it, then, that scholarship about the Japanese legal system has focused almost exclusively on epic court battles, large-scale social issues, and corporate governance? Mark D. West's Law in Everyday Japan fills a void in our understanding of the relationship between law and social life in Japan by shifting the focus to cases more representative of everyday Japanese life.Compiling case studies based on seven fascinating themeskaraoke-based noise complaints, sumo wrestling, love hotels, post-Kobe earthquake condominium reconstruction, lost-and-found outcomes, working hours, and debt-induced suicideLaw in Everyday Japan offers a vibrant portrait of the way law intermingles with social norms, historically ingrained ideas, and cultural mores in Japan. Each example is informed by extensive fieldwork. West interviews all of the participants-from judges and lawyers to defendants, plaintiffs, and their families-to uncover an everyday Japan where law matters, albeit in very surprising ways.

Author Biography

Mark D. West is the Nippon Life Professor of Law and director of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan. He is coauthor of Economic Organizations and Corporate Governance in Japan.


Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix
Acknowledgments xi
Author's Note xiii
1 Introduction 1(8)
2 Lost and Found 9(48)
3 Sumo 57(32)
4 Karaoke 89(36)
5 Earthquakes and Condominiums 125(20)
6 Love Hotels 145(46)
7 Working Hours 191(24)
8 Debt-Suicide 215(52)
9 Conclusions and Implications 267(4)
Index 271

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