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Law in Everyday Japan: Sex, Sumo, Suicide, and Statutes
by 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? Mark D. West's Law in Everyday Japan fills a void in our understanding of the relationship between law and s ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 15th 2005 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published 2005)
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I loved, loved, loved this book. One of my interests is Japanese noir, though I occasionally find these novels tough going due to the sometime inscrutability of Japanese culture. To help make these things more scrutable, I try to mix in a few nonfiction works on Japan, and this is really a great one. Using methods largely from economics, West examines the intersections between laws and social norms as they affect Japanese culture in seven areas, including the management of sumo wresting and the ...more