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Center for Japanese Legal Studies
Fall 2020 Events: Law & Society in Contemporary Japan

Marriage Equality, Individual Rights and the Law in Japan

Monday, September 28, 2020, 4:40—5:40 PM

Presentation by Frank K. Upham, Wilf Family Professor of Property Law, NYU School of Law, followed by a conversation with Suzanne A. Kim, Professor of Law and Judge Denny Chin Scholar at Rutgers Law School; moderated by Center for Japanese Legal Studies executive director Nobuhisa Ishizuka.

Professor Upham, widely recognized for his leading scholarship on Japanese law and its social and political role in contemporary Japan, will discuss his current research at the intersection of law and social justice in Japan, focusing specifically on the country’s legal approach and judicial responses to marriage equality, gay rights and the individual’s relationship to society. In doing so he will draw on his current comparative study of the interaction of legal doctrine, social and

Criminal Justice in Japan – A Comparative Perspective

Monday, October 12, 2020, 4:40—5:40 PM

David T. Johnson, Professor, University of Hawaii
Discussant to be announced

Professor Johnson, a prominent scholar on the criminal justice system in Japan and comparative law and society, will discuss the fundamental differences in approach to criminal justice in Japan and the U.S. Focusing on the role of state and society in regulating and monitoring individual accountability, as demonstrated by differences in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion and the role of admission of guilt, he will draw on his extensive research to challenge us to re-examine basic assumptions about our own system of administering criminal justice.

Intoxication Culture and Personal Responsibility in Japan

Mark D. West, Dean and Nippon Life Professor of Law, Michigan Law School
Date and discussant to be announced on

Dean West, a well-known authority on Japanese law and a leader in Japanese legal studies, will discuss the findings of his new book, which provides a rich description of Japanese alcohol consumption, drinking culture, and intoxication based on a unique dataset: thousands of published Japanese court opinions. The opinions illuminate legal concepts of individual responsibility to society and in doing so, what, where, and why people drink in Japan, and the weight given by courts to social status (occupation, wealth, gender and education).

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