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Law in Everyday JapanSex, Sumo, Suicide, and Statutes$
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Mark D. West

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226894027

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226894096.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter One Introduction
Law in Everyday Japan
University of Chicago Press

This book is about the role of law in everyday Japan. It examines the incentives created by law and legal institutions in everyday lives, the ways in which law intermingles with social norms, historically engrained ideas, cultural mores, and phenomena that cannot easily be explained. By examining how these concepts play out in everyday contexts, the book attempts to gain insight into Japanese law as it functions in society, and into Japanese society through a study of its laws. This book is a search for a richer, more resonant account of law through a study of its role in such everyday situations as sex, sumo, and suicide. This approach allows us to examine the interesting part of the story that has been lost in the dichotomy: the ways in which multiple causes intertwine in tangled, multifaceted ways to produce intriguing and colorful outcomes.

Keywords:   laws, incentives, legal institutions, norms, society

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