History of Law in Japan Since 1868

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Wilhelm Röhl
Brill, 2005 - Architecture - 848 pages
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This handbook volume traces the development of Japan's feudal legal system into that of a modern type of a state, covering the period from the beginning of modernization in1886 to the end of the Pacific War, and, beyond that, the period of reorientation (1945-1950) and thereafter. Each author follows closely the development of a main branch of the legal system, describing the path of a legal institution progressing through a semi-feudalistic period, the introduction of western views, as well as the coexistence and mixture of essentially Japanese and European or American notions at the same time. A careful analysis of Japan's dealings with its legal system through a time of unprecedented change, and therefore a must for historians and jurists alike.

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Wilhelm Röhl, LL.D. (1950), Ph.D. (1955) in Japanology, University of Hamburg, was jurist in various positions, and has retired. He has published extensively on Japanese legal history, pre-modern law in particular.