A Decade of Strict-Liability Litigation Under Japan's Product Liability Law of 1994

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 06/16

Australian Product Liability Reporter, Vol. 16, No. 5, pp. 65-69, 2005

6 Pages Posted: 8 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

This article analyses patterns in reported case filings in Japan, particularly since the summers of eating dangerously and renewed public controversy over product safety issues since 2000-1. Especially compared to other jurisdictions that added a strict-liability regime modelled on the European Union's Directive of 1985, the volumes and types of filings are quite considerable, and the proportion of pro-plaintiff judgments recently is particularly noteworthy. Other patterns, including significant geographical dispersal in litigation venue, a high proportion of claims for 'consumer' (as opposed to 'business') losses, and quite reasonable disposition times, also confirm patterns emerging over the 1990s.

Keywords: Japan, product liability, product safety, comparative law

JEL Classification: K13, K41

Suggested Citation

Nottage, Luke R., A Decade of Strict-Liability Litigation Under Japan's Product Liability Law of 1994. Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 06/16; Australian Product Liability Reporter, Vol. 16, No. 5, pp. 65-69, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=837845

Luke R. Nottage (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

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

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Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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