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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 and do a quick search of our print and online books. The advanced search feature allows more complex title, author and subject searching. Also check the Course Reserve list.

You can also use the Classic Catalog to locate a broad selection of the books in the Hastings library covering Japanese law. This sample search locates many of the books in our collection on Japanese law.  The following subject searches locate other books on more specific Japanese law subjects.  You can create your own advanced searches by combining more than one search term in more than one search field.

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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 a subject search for the topic and then modify the search in Advanced Search to add the keyword "Japan". For example, the subject search term "Culture and law" can be combined with a keyword search for "Japan" to produce the search d:(Culture and law) ) and (Japan).  Another example is d:(Competition, Unfair) and (Japan).  These searches will find books with sections on Japan even if the whole 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, click on the call number to browse titles on the shelf nearby. Of course, if you are on campus, browsing the shelves is a great way to find relevant books.