Product Safety and Liability Law in Japan: From Minamata to Mad Cows

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Product Safety and Liability Law in Japan

Since its economic stagnation in the 1990s, Japan has experienced extensive deregulation. Pressure to harmonize product safety standards prompted calls for a strengthening of Japan's product liability regime and added further avenues of compensation to consumers for harm suffered from defective goods, indirectly encouraging managers to promote product safety.

Contesting the early culturalist view, which depicted Japan in the thrall of weak consumerism and legal consciousness, this book follows the evolution of its product liability regime, focusing specifically on the Product Liability Law of 1994. Japanese product liability law and practice are reassessed in a truly global context. Japan's system is compared with that in the European Union and Australia, and contrasted with the US model. This also allows for a balanced appraisal of related topical issues in Japan, such as the outbreak of 'mad cow disease' and the government's commitment to improve access to courts.

Developing insights from a number of disciplines and with a detailed analysis of legislation, case law and academic theory, Product Safety and Liability Law in Japan contributes significantly to the understanding of contemporary Japan, its consumers and its law. It is also of practical use to all professionals exposed to product liability regimes evolving in Japan and other major economies.

Dr Luke Nottage is a Senior Lecturer at Sydney University Law Faculty and founding Co-director of the Australian Network for Japanese Law. He has practised law in Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations viii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgements xii
  • Abbreviations xiv
  • 1 - 'Re-Orienting' Japan and Its Law 1
  • 2 - The Still-Birth and Re-Birth of Product Liability in Japan 23
  • 3 - Comparing the Pl Law with Other 'strict Liability' Regimes in Europe, Australia and the Us 70
  • 4 - The Pl Law in Action 154
  • 5 - The Future of Pl in Japan 202
  • Appendix A 213
  • Appendix B 215
  • Appendix C 223
  • Appendix D 229
  • Appendix E 251
  • Notes 255
  • Bibliography 274
  • Index 304
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