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

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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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David
Dec 05, 2009 David rated it it was amazing
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
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A wonderful book on Japanese law. West conducts interesting empirical studies on various aspects of Japanese life (including those listed in the subtitle) to show how law matters there. - Tom Ginsburg
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Shelves: japan, history-of-sex
Has a great chapter on Japanese love hotels, which is what I read it for, but the other chapters provide an interesting look into legal and social aspects of modern Japanese life.
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