Law And Social Change In Postwar Japan / Edition 1

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Editorial Reviews

Ezra F. Vogel
Frank Upham pushes forward the frontiers of knowledge of legal processes in Japan... He pierces the myth that Japan is a simple, nonlitigious consensual society. Upham shows how disaffected groups in Japan can use legal means to press their case to achieve a better settlement and how leaders can use law to influence society through conscious choice
Journal of Asian Studies - William Kelly
Frank Upham's fine study... is a fresh perspective on the ways in which change and conflict in postwar Japan have been both expressed in and constrained by legal practices and ideologies... The implications of his well-crafted argument make it indispensable... This is a book that deserves wide reading
Journal of Japanese Studies - Robert J. Smith
There are many messages to be got from this stimulating book... Read it, recommend it.
Pacific Affairs - L L. Cornell
Until the publication of this magnificent book we have not had a work which integrates specific cases with broad discussion of what role law plays in contemporary Japan... This book is accessible to any educated audience, and will be of special interest to those concerned with the environmental, civil rights, employment discrimination, and industrial policy issues it examines in detail. However, its influences should be far wider.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674517875
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1989
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank K. Upham is Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
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Table of Contents

One: Models of Law and Social Change

Two Western Models

A Japanese Model

Two: Environmental Tragedy and Response

Pollution in Minamata

The Choice of Tactics

The Government's Response

Historical and Social Context of the Pollution Experience

Three: Instrumental Violence and the Struggle for Buraku Liberation

Development of the Buraku Liberation Movement

The Yata Denunciation

Denunciation Tactics in Court

The Theory and Effectiveness of Denunciation

Denunciation in Social and Political Context

Four: Civil Rights Litigation and the Search for Equal Employment Opportunity

The Litigation Campaign

Impact of the Cases

The Social and Political Role of Civil Rights Litigation

Five: Legal Informality and Industrial Policy

The Legal Framework of Industrial Policy

The Sumitomo Metals Incident

The Oil Cartel Cases

Industrial Policy in the 1980s

The Implications of Informality

Six: Toward a New Perspective on Japanese Law

The Ideology of Law in Japanese Society

The Operation of Law in Japanese Society

American Images of Japanese Law



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