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Japanese Law Research Guide: Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg

Resources for researching Japanese legal issues and topics.

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Lexis - Research Basics

Lexis Advance: Japan News and Legal Analysis

Lexis Advance does not have many resources for providing legal and business analysis for Japan.  The best Lexis Advance resources available on Japanese Law are:

There are Japanese news sources and a limited number of Japanese secondary law sources available on Lexis. They can be found by following these paths:

  • Browse > Sources > By Jurisdiction > International > Jurisdiction "Asia" > Jurisdiction "Japan"
  • Select Content Type tab > News > International By Country > Japan 
  • Select International tab > View All Countries > Japan

The main Japanese law and news resources available are Lexis are:

  • Doing Business in Japan: by Prof. Zentaro Kitagawa, Kyoto Comparative Law Center is a useful guide for understanding Japanese business dealings. 
  • Intellectual Property Protection in Asia: Includes a chapter on Japan.
  • Japan Company Handbook
  • Japan Corporate News Network
  • Japan Economic Foundation
  • Japan Economic Newswire
  • Japan News
  • Japan Times
  • Japanese Business Digest
  • Japanese World
  • JCN Newswire
  • Jiji Press Ticker Service
  • News Bites - Asia: Japan
  • Nikkei Asian Review

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Westlaw - Research Basics

Westlaw - Practice Oriented Resources:

The Practical Law resources on Westlaw offer a rich collection of up-to-date in-depth business law and litigation content including Practice Notes, Standard Documents and Clauses, Checklists, Toolkits, Legal Updates, Country-by-Country Legal Research Guidance, Country Comparison Tools, and Subject Specific Practice Resources.

There are several ways to locate Japanese legal resources in Practical Law:

  • Select Global Content > then select All Countries > then select Japan
  • Select Global Content > then click on the “Start Comparing” button
  • Select Global Content > then click on “Go to: Cross‐border resource centre”
  • Select a Practice Area > then click on the Global Guides link in the right-hand column

Practical Law also provides access to Doing Business in Japan (2016) covering foreign investment, corporate structure, employment law, taxes, customs, and competition rules.


Westlaw - Japan News & Legal Analysis:

Westlaw contains a limited number of resources covering Japanese news and law.

- There are some Japan news sources including Japan Times.

- There are a few journals focusing on the Japanese legal system.  You can locate articles about Japanese law by searching the "Secondary Sources" section.

- The best resources with legal analysis of Japanese law will be located by selecting the "International Materials" link and then "Treatises". 

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Bloomberg Law / Bloomberg BNA - Research Basics

Bloomberg Law & Bloomberg BNA:

Bloomberg Law contains a limited amount of legal analysis of Japanese legal issues.  But the databse does include excellent news resources

Bloomberg Law also provides access to the Bloomberg BNA International Trade Reporter:

  • News about Japan and International trade.
  • The Japan section of the BNA Trade Reporter, can be found by selecting the All Countries link in the sidebar and then looking under the Japan heading.  
  • The weekly report service provides comprehensive, current information on developments affecting the trade and international business policies of the US and major US trading partners. It includes the latest news and trends in US trade policy, including regulatory, legislative, and judicial developments, activities of the International Trade Commission, World Trade Organization, and Departments of State, Treasury & Commerce.
  • Subscribe to BNA news services - Hastings students who want to receive a free weekly email update with the contents (and links to articles) of The BNA International Trade Reporter (and/or other BNA publications) should sign-up here,  See additional details in the UC Hastings Bloomberg BNA research guide.