Conclusions and Implications

in Law in Everyday Japan

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780226894027
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226894096 | DOI:
Conclusions and Implications

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This final chapter looks back over all the discussions in the book to make some conclusions. The book has analyzed law in everyday Japan in order to understand law. Four basic themes are outlined. Firstly, law is plentiful in everyday Japan. Secondly, norms are also plentiful in everyday Japan and these norms interact with law in many different ways. Thirdly, the institutions of law are not only plentiful they are crucial. Law structures the behavior of people in Japan even in the mundane aspects of their lives. Finally, the chapter observes, law is a messy business in Japan. The different institutions interact in many complicated ways, and this hasn't actually been addressed in great detail in this book. The chapter concludes that law is a fascinating yet frustrating business, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but that is what makes it so interesting.

Keywords: Japanese law; institutions; everyday Japan; complexity; norms

Chapter.  1373 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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