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Law in Everyday Japan: Sex, Sumo, Suicide, and Statutes

Mark D. West


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? This book 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 themes—karaoke-based noise complaints, sumo wrestling, love hotels, post-Kobe earthquake condominium rec ... More

Keywords: lawsuits, Japan, law, social norms, noise complaints, sumo wrestling, working hours, suicide, social issues, corporate governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226894027
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226894096.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark D. West, author