This important book translates seven landmark essays by one of Japan's most respected and influential legal thinkers. While Takao Tanase concedes that law might not matter as much in Japan as it does in the United States, in a provocative challenge to socio-legal researchers and comparative lawyers, he asks: why should it? The issue, he contends, is not whether law matters to society; it is how society matters to law.
A collection of essays originally published in Japanese in law journals or as book chapters between 1990 and 2002.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-194) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
pt. 1. Introduction pt. 2. A critique of American liberalism pt. 3. A normative theory of community and the law pt. 4. A re-evaluation of Japanese modernity.