oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The reception of Western law in Japan

Volume 28, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



The law of modem Japan is still very much of a foreign import. It is not the product of centuries of slow, organic growth. Hence, not all of its elements fit comfortably into the Japanese environment. To the extent that the imported law is not socially useful, the Japanese will prefer their traditional morality. Japanese morality is, however, not static but develops with the times; so does the law. What concept of law and legal system will result, is difficult to predict with precision, except to say that it will be Japanese.

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