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Japanese Law: An Economic Approach (Studies in Law and Economics) Hardcover – February 2, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0226703848 ISBN-10: 0226703843 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Law and Economics
  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (February 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226703843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226703848
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,938,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this introduction to Japanese law, J. Mark Ramseyer and Minoru Nakazato combine an economic approach with a clear and often amusing account of the law itself to challenge commonly held ideas about the law. Arguing against such things as the assumption that Japanese law differs from law in the United States and the idea that law plays only a trivial role in Japan or is culturally determined, this book will be recognized as a major contribution to the understanding of Japanese law.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About 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.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Jones on December 19, 2004
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I'm a law student in the United States, and I was looking for a good rundown of Japanese law. This book filled the bill.

Ramseyer and Nakazato distill the distinguishing features of the Japanese system into a book that you can read from cover to cover. They use unbelievably real cases (like contracts for prostitution and Yakuza property disputes) to demonstrate how the law works in real life, while still keeping the book entertaining.

Some legal knowledge is a prerequisite for understanding this book, but if you're a lawyer or law student looking to understand Japanese law and the politics behind it, it's a great book to get you started.
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