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International Libel and Privacy Handbook: A Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters, and Lawyers, 3rd Edition by Charles J. Glasser, Jr.

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Chapter 11

Japan

Yoshio Iteya, Atsushi Okada, and Akira Marumo

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Marunouchi Park Building

2-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku

Tokyo 100-8222, Japan

Phone: (81) (3) 5223-7777

Fax: (81) (3) 5223-7666

www.mhmjapan.com

yoshio.iteya@mhmjapan.com

Introduction to the Japanese Legal System

The Japanese system is a nonfederalist organization with four court levels: summary courts, district and family courts, high courts, and the Supreme Court. The Japanese system was reconstructed in 1946, at the end of World War II. The Japanese Bill of Rights (1946), with 31 articles related to human rights and many other laws emphasizing human rights, is modeled after the U.S. legal system. It is considered a civil law system ...

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