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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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Conclusions and Implications

Conclusions and Implications

(p.267) Chapter Nine Conclusions and Implications
Law in Everyday Japan
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This final chapter looks back over all the discussions in the book to make some conclusions. The book has analyzed law in everyday Japan in order to understand law. Four basic themes are outlined. Firstly, law is plentiful in everyday Japan. Secondly, norms are also plentiful in everyday Japan and these norms interact with law in many different ways. Thirdly, the institutions of law are not only plentiful they are crucial. Law structures the behavior of people in Japan even in the mundane aspects of their lives. Finally, the chapter observes, law is a messy business in Japan. The different institutions interact in many complicated ways, and this hasn't actually been addressed in great detail in this book. The chapter concludes that law is a fascinating yet frustrating business, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but that is what makes it so interesting.

Keywords:   Japanese law, institutions, everyday Japan, complexity, norms

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