When Japanese law goes pop

Wolff, Leon (2014) When Japanese law goes pop. Acta Asiatica Varsoviensia, 27, pp. 165-183.

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Abstract

This article explores the extent to which the growth in law-themed popular culture since the turn of the century, especially television shows, signals a shift in popular attitudes towards law. Four decades of research into Japanese legal consciousness has called into question the extent to which there is a Japanese cultural aversion to Jaw, with most scholars expressing doubt over whether culture properly explains the comparatively low litigation rates in Japan compared to other industrialised nations. This article argues that popular culture, although not without its limitations, offers new clues into how legal consciousness is developing and changing in 21st Century Japan. The article concludes that popular culture paints a picture of a greater readiness by Japanese people to engage with Jaw, although scepticism remains about the law's promise to achieve justice and social solidarity.

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ID Code: 87677
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Japanese Law, Cultural Studies, Popular Culture
ISSN: 0860-6102
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Askon Publishers
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2015 23:54
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2015 04:45

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