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

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Illustrations

Figures
4.1 PL suits filed, settled or decided, 1990-2001 171
4.2 Proportions of Osaka listed firms expecting various effects from PL Law enactment, 1992 193

Tables
2.1 200 reported judgments resulting from defective products, 1945-94 37
2.2 Legal bases invoked in 'Typical PL cases', 1945-94 38
2.3 Summary of Kanemi litigation before settlement in Supreme Court 47
3.1 Implementations of optional provisions in EC Directive 85/374/EEC 71
3.2 Broader legal system comparisons 73
3.3 PL Law provisions and counterparts in the EC Directive, the TPA, and the Restatement Third77
4.1 Impact of PL Law on US firm behaviour, 1987 157
4.2 'Personal' vs. 'business', 'minor' vs. 'major' damages claimed under the PL Law 163
4.3 Amendments to minimum lawyers' fees 164
4.4 Sources of PL ADR Centre cases 181
4.5 Types of cases reported, by PL ADR Centre 182
4.6 Resolution of PL ADR Centre cases 184
4.7 Overall appraisals of PL ADR Centres 187
4.8 Consumers' reactions to harm from defective products 190
4.9 Most important disputes for Japanese corporations in 1995 194

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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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