The Brave New World of Lawyers in Japan: Proceedings of a Panel Discussion on the Growth of Corporate Law Firms and the Role of Lawyers in Japan
Bruce E. Aronson
Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy
August 16, 2007
Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2007
Our image of Japan is one of an insular society which emphasizes informal consensus and where lawyers and the law do not play an important role. But deregulation and administrative reform initiated during Japan's economic malaise of the 1990s have led to surprising changes over the last decade - a new demand for corporate legal services, an increase in the supply of lawyers, the emergence of large corporate law firms, law firm mergers, and increasing activities by foreign law firms. At a recent conference at Creighton University School of Law a distinguished group of legal practitioners from the leading Japanese and foreign law firms in Tokyo engaged in a panel discussion which examined this brave new world of the legal profession in Japan.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 42
Keywords: law firm, legal profession, lawyers, Japan
JEL Classification: J44, K40, K20, L84Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 26, 2007 ; Last revised: November 27, 2009
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