Globalization of Japanese Corporations and the Development of Corporate Legal Departments: Problems and Prospects

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 06/46

RAISING THE BAR: THE EMERGING LEGAL PROFESSION IN EAST ASIA (HARVARD EAST ASIAN LEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM), William Alford, ed., Harvard University Press, Forthcoming

94 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2006

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Toshimitsu Kitagawa

Kansai University School of Law

Luke R. Nottage

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

Abstract

This paper details the development of an important part of Japan's legal landscape, hitherto little written about in English: the roles and functions of Japan's corporate legal departments and their staff (in-house counsel). After sketching their evolution first as Japanese corporations began expanding activities overseas in the 1970s, and then more defensively as economic stagnation intensified within Japan over the 1990s, the paper draws on extensive survey data in 1990, 1995 and 2000 to track steady strengthening and new directions for legal departments. These trends also help explain the puzzle of civil justice reforms in Japan since 2001 being pushed along by the corporate sector, which in most other advanced industrialised countries tends to resist expanding access to the courts.

Keywords: Japan, corporate governance, corporate culture, legal services

JEL Classification: K20, M14

Suggested Citation

Kitagawa, Toshimitsu and Nottage, Luke R., Globalization of Japanese Corporations and the Development of Corporate Legal Departments: Problems and Prospects. Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 06/46; RAISING THE BAR: THE EMERGING LEGAL PROFESSION IN EAST ASIA (HARVARD EAST ASIAN LEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM), William Alford, ed., Harvard University Press, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=837906

Toshimitsu Kitagawa

Kansai University School of Law ( email )

3-3-35 Yamate-cho, Suita-shi
Osaka, Osaka 564-8680
Japan

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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