Japanese Contract and Anti-Trust Law

Japanese Contract and Anti-Trust Law : A Sociological and Comparative Study

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Little has been written on Japanese contract law and anti-trust law in Western languages. This book describes the role of this law in protecting the distributor against unilateral terminations of distribution agreements. There have been significant pressures both to lower prices and restructure distribution channels in Japan which have strained many distribution agreements. This volume, based primarily on Japanese language legal material, not only involves a study of applicable black-letter law, but also a sociological study of its application in practice. Detailed analysis has been made in particular of famous legal termination cases during the 1990s in the Japanese luxury cosmetics distribution system which generated influential decisions by the higher courts and the Fair Trade Commission, providing new insights into whether or not there are distinct Japanese attitudes towards contracts.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12.45mm | 385g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138878936
  • 9781138878938

About Willem Visser T'Hooft

Willem Visser t'Hooft specializes in Japanese law, and has been affiliated with the University of Tokyo and the University of Leiden. Dr t'Hooft lectures widely on Japanese law throughout the Dutch academic community.
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Review quote

'Japanese Contract is a wonderful book. It is the first major study in English that integrates doctrinal and empirical analysis of contemporary contract law in Japan...It is well worth reading and stands as a commendable model for what students following William Visser'T Hooft should aim for - The Australian Journal of Asian Law 'Like all good theses on Japanese law, this goes above and beyond the pure representation and offers to the reader much more than could be deduced from comparable Japanese sources.' - Rabels Zeitchreift fur auslandisches und internationales Privatrecht
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations 1. Introduction 2. Japanese Contract Law and the Unilateral Termination of Distribution Agreements 3. Japanese Anti-Trust Law and the Unilateral Termination of Distribution Agreements 4. Termination Disputes Within the Japanese Distribution System For Luxury Cosmetics, A Case Study: Manufactures V. Discounters 5. Dutch Law and the Unilateral Termination of Distribution Agreements 6. A Discussion on Japanese Attitudes Toward Contracts Bibliography Appendix I. Case Law: Japan Appendix II. Case Law: The Netherlands Appendix III. Case Law: European Union
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