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Drunk Japan: Law and Alcohol in Japanese Society

Mark D. West


What does it mean to be drunk in Japan? This book provides a rich description of Japanese alcohol consumption, drinking culture, and intoxication distilled from a unique data set: thousands of published Japanese court opinions. The opinions bring to light fascinating patterns in what, where, and why people drink in Japan, but they also focus to a surprising extent on characteristics of individual litigants. Courts humanize people in the opinions in various ways, for instance, by dropping clues about their social status (occupation, wealth, gender, education, and the like) or by discussing in d ... More

Keywords: Japan, Japanese law, intoxication, Japanese judges, drinking, court opinions, alcohol, drunk driving, law and society, drunk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190070847
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190070847.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark D. West, author
Professor of Law, University of Michigan