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Japanese Law Research Guide: Books

Resources for researching Japanese legal issues and topics.

Finding Japanese Law Books at Hastings

If you can find a few good books covering your topic, it can make your research much easier. Hastings has a good but small collection of books on Japanese law. For an even wider selection of available books, search the sources below to see if other libraries have books you can borrow through inter-library loan.

To find books at Hastings use the library catalog to do a quick search of our print and online books. The advanced search feature allows more complex title, author and subject searching.  You can also limit your search to Course Reserve to find books reserved for the Japanese Legal System seminar.

You can also use the library catalog to locate books by subject.  You can locate a broad selection of books covering various Japanese law subjects in the Hastings library by selecting "Advanced Search" and then "Subject is (exact)".  Use subject headings such as:

  • Law -- Japan
  • Civil law -- Japan
  • Law -- Japan -- Cases 
  • Business law -- Japan
  • Commercial law -- Japan
  • Antitrust law -- Japan
  • Finance -- Japan 
  • Dispute resolution (Law) -- Japan 
  • Contracts -- Japan 
  • Rule of law -- Japan
  • Constitutions -- Japan 
  • Constitutional Law -- Japan
  • Law -- Japan -- History
  • Justice, Administration of -- Japan -- History
  • Law -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Japan
  • Lawyers, Foreign -- Japan

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Books with a Section on Japanese Law

It might also be worth looking for subject-specific books with country-by-country summaries of the law. For example, these titles all have good current chapters on Japan:

You can find these types of sources by combining multiple subjects in a Advanced Library Catalog search.  If this finds too many results add the keyword "Japan". For example, the subject search term "Culture and law" can be combined with a keyword search for "Japan".  Another example is combining the subject Unfair Competition with the keyword Japan.  These types of searches might find books with sections on Japan even if the subject of the book is not about Japan.

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Borrow Books through Inter-Library Loan

For a wider selection of available books, search to see if other libraries have books you can borrow through Inter-Library Loan (ILL). If the book you want is not in the Hastings Library, or you would like to locate other books on your topic, use WorldCat, a database containing information about books from most of the libraries in the English-speaking world. Once you find a book, select "Request Item Through Interlibrary Loan" to borrow the book.

Browsing for Books

Books at Hastings are organized by call number.  Most of the Japanese Law books are on the 5th floor in the KNX call number range. 

If you find a book that looks interesting and you are not on campus, locate the book in our library catalog, then click on the book title, and then scroll to the bottom of the screen to virtually browse the titles nearby on the shelf.. Of course, if you are on campus, browsing the shelves is a great way to find relevant books.