New Concerns and Challenges for Product Safety in Japan

Australian Product Liability Reporter, Vol. 11, No. 8, pp. 100-110, 2000

10 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2005

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Luke R. Nottage

The University of Sydney Law School; The University of Sydney - Australian Network for Japanese Law

Abstract

Japan witnessed a spate of product safety incidents over the summer of 2000. One reaction to these events might have been to follow some early commentary, especially from academic writers in the United States, asserting that Japan remains characterised by traditional deference to big business and bureaucratic paternalism, despite enactment of the Product Liability Law in 1994. Instead, media coverage tended to perceive recent developments as further evidence of growing consumer power amidst changing institutional constraints; and, to a lesser extent, the shadow cast by fairly clear substantive legal rules. After reviewing these theories and applying them to civil liability for defects particularly in food products, this paper suggests that recent events are also important for promoting broader deliberation in Japan about food safety more generally - now a world-wide concern - and about corporate governance.

Keywords: Product safety, Japan, product liability

JEL Classification: K13

Suggested Citation

Nottage, Luke R., New Concerns and Challenges for Product Safety in Japan. Australian Product Liability Reporter, Vol. 11, No. 8, pp. 100-110, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=836984

Luke R. Nottage (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

The University of Sydney - Australian Network for Japanese Law

Room 640, Building F10, Eastern Avenue
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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