Donald L. Uchtmann, Richard P. Blessen, & Vince Maloney, The Developing Japanese Legal System: Growth and Change in The Modern Era, 23 Gonz. L. Rev. 349 (1988)
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A basic understanding of the present Japanese legal system and its long, evolutionary development gives observers of Japanese agriculture a better understanding of modern-day inefficiencies and disruptions. The current legal system in Japan, like agriculture, is the product of the uneasy combination of traditional and foreign influences over a significant period of history. The same forces that shaped and directed Japanese agricultural development have also been at work shaping and guiding the development of Japanese legal institutions. What Japan has today in agriculture and law is uniquely a product of Japanese history and tradition. Pressures from within and without have often been calmed or temporarily allayed with makeshift, politically expedient solutions. History has shown, however, that the solutions imposed from above have often rested on a weak foundation. The various Japanese rulers and governments have often acted without support from the traditional elements of Japanese society. Just as often, however, specific well-intended government programs have emerged from the gauntlet of tradition transformed, laden with local or regional adaptations. . .