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.
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.
Introduction ; 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