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

42 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2007 Last revised: 27 Nov 2009

Bruce E. Aronson

Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy

Date Written: August 16, 2007

Abstract

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.

Keywords: law firm, legal profession, lawyers, Japan

JEL Classification: J44, K40, K20, L84

Suggested Citation

Aronson, Bruce E., 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 (August 16, 2007). Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1008334

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