Since publication of the first edition, practitioners who deal with Japanese
law have put great store in this major work, which systematically compares
U.S. law and Japanese law across all the major fields of legal practice.
Japan’s legal system has changed dramatically since the publication of the
Second Revised Edition as a consequence of Legislation and Supreme Court
decisions in such diverse areas as public law (including administrative,
election, constitutional and criminal law) as well as private law (including
custody, assisted reproduction technology, labor law, discrimination,
corporate governance, civil litigation, etc.).
This new edition follows the same comparative structure as formerly, but fully
updates the coverage with the many changes currently in place or in process in
Japanese law today while adding new chapters on Freedom of Expression and
Conflict of Laws. Author Carl Goodman—an internationally known authority with
extensive experience in international practice, university teaching in both
Japan and the U.S., and U.S. government service—takes expert stock of these
new developments, including the following:
the ongoing liberalization of corporation law;
the changes in criminal law brought about as a consequence of the system of
the codification and clarification of rules dealing with transnational
protection of corporate whistleblowers;
an evaluation of the revamping of the education system for lawyers;
the new law governing choice of law questions in international cases;
the protections extended to the growing temporary work force;
freedom of religion—shrines on public lands—and freedom of conscience—teachers
and the National Anthem;
modified criminal law procedural protections and new rules for judicial
evaluation of circumstantial evidence cases;
communitarianism and Japanese law;
continuing growth in judicial review including constitutional and
administrative cases; and
family law—surrogacy, adoption, ART, international custody and the Hague
Convention, Gender Identity disorder, brain death, organ transplantation etc.
Although the alteration of the legal landscape in Japan is highly visible, the
author does not hesitate to raise questions as to how far-reaching the changes
really are. In almost every branch of the new Japanese legal practice he
uncovers ways in which laws and judicial rulings are closely qualified and are
likely to present challenges in any given case. He reminds the reader in each
chapter that ‘what you see may not be what you get.’ For this reason, and for
its comprehensive coverage, this third edition is sure to gain new adherents
as the best-informed practical guide for lawyers with dealings in Japan.
About the Author.
CHAPTER 1 Introduction.
CHAPTER 2 Foundations of the Legal System.
CHAPTER 3 Constitutional Ideology.
CHAPTER 4 The Legal Profession.
CHAPTER 5 The Judiciary.
CHAPTER 6 Treaties.
CHAPTER 7 Freedom of Expression.
CHAPTER 8 Equality and Issues of Discrimination.
CHAPTER 9 Family Law and Issues of Modern Science that Affect the Family.
CHAPTER 10 Article 9: Renunciation of War—Military Power and Responsibility.
CHAPTER 11 Separation of Church and State.
CHAPTER 12 Contracts.
CHAPTER 13 Corporate Matters.
CHAPTER 14 Civil Litigation.
CHAPTER 15 Conflict of Laws.
CHAPTER 16 Criminal Law.
CHAPTER 17 Administrative Law.
CHAPTER 18 Unifying Factors.
CHAPTER 19 Conclusion.
Table of Japanese Cases.
Table of United States Cases.
Table of Contents.