Masaharu Yanagihara

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599752
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law



It has been a debatable and critical issue whether Japan was in reality incorporated in the Chinese world order in history, especially in the Muromachi and the Tokugawa periods. The issue of whether Japan was just occupying a periphery status in history in the world order in East Asia because China was in most times of history a tremendously powerful country in East Asia from a point of view of culture, economics, and politics has also been under much discussion. This chapter aims to clarify an ‘international legal order’ in pre-modern Japan from the 15th century to 1853 and the reception of modern European international law in Japan after 1853. It analyses the first point from a viewpoint of contrast with the Western and Chinese ideas of world order. The reception process from 1853 was also a complicated and constant conflict between the East Asian ideas and the Western ones.

Keywords: China; international legal order; European international law; Japanese reception

Article.  11380 words. 

Subjects: Law ; History of Law ; International Law

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