Japanese Law (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780199642069

Hiroshi Oda
512 Pages
166 x 233 mm
Pub date
Sep 2011
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  • The only fully comprehensive book on Japanese Law written in English
  • Thoroughly rewritten to address the major reforms in Japanese law in recent years

This book presents the only English language, up-to-date, and comprehensive reference to Japanese law. It covers a wide range of topics, from the fundamentals of the Japanese legal system, to the Civil Code which is the cornerstone of private law in Japan and business related laws in a comprehensive manner. The author presents the current state of Japanese law in operation by referring to numerous cases and the latest discussions.
Since the last edition in 1999, Japanese Law, in almost every area, has undergone substantial reform, all of which is reflected in the new text. In particular, the new edition contains the first comprehensive analysis of the new Company Law and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law. This makes this book an essential reference work for all who have an interest in Japanese law.
Also available in hardback: 9780199232185



I. The Basis of the System
1: The History of Modern Japanese Law
2: The Sources of Law
3: The Administration of Justice
4: The Legal Profession
5: The Protection of Human Rights

II. The Civil Code - The Cornerstone of Private Law
6: General Rules and Institutions of Private Law
7: Law of Obligations and Contracts
8: Property Law
9: Law of Torts
10: Family Law and Inheritance

III. Business-Related Laws
11: Corporate Law
12: Insolvency Law
13: Security Law (the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law)
14: Anti-Monopoly Law
15: Intellectual Property Law
16: Labour Law

IV. Other Laws
17: Civil Procedure
18: Criminal Law and Procedure
19: International Relations

About the author: 

Hiroshi Oda, Sir Ernest Satow Professor of Japanese Law at University College, London and a Professor of Law at the College d'Europe, Brugge.
Hiroshi Oda is the Sir Ernest Satow Professor of Japanese Law at the University of London (University College), a professor of the College d'Europe (Brugge), and consultant to Herbert Smith, solicitors. He is a graduate of the Law Faculty of the University of Tokyo, held a chair of Soviet Law there and was granted a LL.D before moving to London. He has held various visiting positions including visiting professorship at Cornell Law School (US). He is also a qualified attorney in Japan and practises Japanese and Russian law in London and Tokyo.

Review from previous edition
Successful in offering a clear, readable and structured account ... - International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol. 50, Oct 2001

This book is certain to give balanced and intelligent grounding to the uninitiated, and food for further exploration to the enthusiast. Professor Oda's historical awareness makes of an introductory legal text a genuinely delightful read. - Irish Jurist 35 (2000)

A classic for jurist and Western comparative lawyers - Xavier Blanc-Jouvan, Revue Internationale de Droit Compare

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