Scholarship about the Japanese legal system has often 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 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 reconstruction, lost-and-found outcomes, working hours, and debt-induced suicide - he offers a vibrant portrait of the way law intermingles with social norms, historically ingrained ideas, and cultural mores in Japan. Each example is informed by extensive fieldwork. West interviews all of the participants - from judges and lawyers to defendants, plaintiffs, and their families - to uncover an everyday Japan where law matters, albeit in very surprising ways. Indexed.
Law in Everyday Japan: Sex, Sumo, Suicide, and Statutes
AuthorsWest, Mark D.
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press