Japanese Law: An Economic Approach / Edition 1

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Overview

In this clear and very readable introduction to Japanese law, J. Mark Ramseyer and Minoru Nakazato employ an economic approach to challenge commonly held ideas about the Japanese legal system. While many studies assume that Japanese law differs fundamentally from the law in the United States, this work shows the essential similarity between the two. Arguing against the idea that law plays only a trivial role in Japan or is culturally determined, the authors demonstrate that standard economic models go far to explain why Japanese law has the shape it does.
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Editorial Reviews

Kenneth Holland
The authors have demonstrated the utility of the economic approach to analysis of the law and legal system of countries around the world. The approach reveals inefficiencies and can contribute to legal reform. The book proves its premise that Japanese law closely matches that of the United States and that the remaining differences are due to institutional variation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226703855
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Studies in Law and Economics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Mark Ramseyer is the Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies at Harvard University. He is the author or coauthor of several books, most recently Odd Markets in Japanese History: Law and Economic Growth.

Minoru Nakazato is a professor of law at the University of Tokyo and the author of The Taxation of International Transactions.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Caveats
Exchange Rates
1 Introduction 1
2 Property 22
3 Contracts 43
4 Torts 75
5 Corporations 108
6 Civil Procedure 136
7 Criminal Law and Procedure 151
8 Administrative Law 191
9 Income Tax 220
Notes 249
Suggestions for Further Reading 289
Table of Statutes 297
Index 303
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