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Corporate Governance in ContextCorporations, States, and Markets in Europe, Japan, and the US$
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Klaus J. Hopt, Eddy Wymeersch, Hideki Kanda, and Harald Baum

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199290703

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290703.001.0001

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Legal Explanations on Bank Behavior

Legal Explanations on Bank Behavior

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(p.567) Legal Explanations on Bank Behavior
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Corporate Governance in Context
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Hideki Kanda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290703.003.0028

Banks take deposits, lend, and participate in payment systems. Where permitted, they underwrite and sell investment securities. Banks, however, act under constraints. Those constraints come from laws, regulations, and other environments. This means that those constraints affect how banks in a given country behave. This chapter discusses two examples where somewhat unique bank behaviour is found in Japan, and attempts to offer legal explanations. It argues that a deeper and more systematic examination of the interactions between law and bank behaviour would enrich our understanding of bank behaviour and related matters in Japan and other countries.

Keywords:   Japanese banks, banking, banking regulation

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