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Japanese Law Research Guide: Articles

Resources for researching Japanese legal issues and topics.

Online Subscriptions Sources for Articles on Japanese Law

The Hastings Law Library subscribes to a number of online resources that may be useful in your research. Most of our online resources are listed here. You can access all of them on campus. Most of them also allow remote access to current Hastings faculty & students. If you are not on campus, and you click on the database link, you will be directed to this screen. To use the databases off-campus, either enter your Hastings email username and password or enter your name (as shown on your Hastings ID) and your ID barcode number.

Journal articles can be one of the best places to find current research on your topic.  Find law reviews and other scholarly journal articles on HeinOnline, Proquest, Westlaw, Lexis and Legal Scholarship Network.

Online and Print Sources for Articles on Japanese Law

Collections of Articles on Japanese Law

Free Online Japanese Journals - English Language

  • Social Science Japan, the English-language newsletter of the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, provides concise information on key people, important issues, and recent developments in social science research on Japan.
  • Kobe University Law Review - Selected English language articles are available for download as pdfs.
  • The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus - In-depth critical analysis of the forces shaping the Asia-Pacific and the world. Focuses on geopolitics, economics, history, society, culture, and international relations. Peer reviewed journal.

Japanese Law Journals at UC Hastings (Print)

  • To find the list of Japanese Law Journals in print, currently available at Hastings, follow this link to a subject search of Law -- Japan -- Periodicals in the UC Hastings catalog.

San Francisco Public Library Non-Law Journals

Retrieve Articles using Inter-Library Loan

  • If you are unable to find the article using UC Hastings and SFPL resources, you can request the article through Inter-Library Loan.

Google Scholar

  • Google Scholar is a quick way to find scholarly articles.  For full-text access click “settings”, click “Library Links” and then select Hastings and SFPL. “Save” your settings. [Note: You may need to find go to the Library's subscription databases or e-Journals pages to find the full-text of articles you locate on Google Scholar.]