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August 22, 2002

Symposium "Law in Japan: A Turning Point"


From August 22 until August 24, 2002, the "Law in Japan: A Turning Point," a symposium on Japanese law was held at the Asian Law Center of the University of Washington, School of Law in Seattle.

The first full-fledged conference concerning Japanese law attended by both Japanese and U.S. researchers and practitioners, held at Harvard Law School in September 1961, was conducted with the financial support of the Ford Foundation; however, at this conference, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu became the sponsor, and a total of 23 research papers (16 papers from Japan and 11 papers from foreign countries) were submitted, with a total of 78 people (the number of applicants) participating from the U.S. and abroad. After each report was made by the author of the paper, there was active exchange of questions and answers and discussion, and it was a fruitful symposium.

Due to the success of the full-fledged legal studies symposium on Japanese law, which was made possible by Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu providing funding after an absence of the conference of 41 years, the firm received words of appreciation and commendations, both publicly and privately, from the people involved in the conference and the people from outside. It is expected that the papers submitted at the symposium shall be edited by sometime in 2002 and be published as collected papers in 2003. Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu believes that these collected papers shall make a considerable contribution to legal academia comparable to the "Law in Japan" compiled by Arthur Von Mehren, which was the fruit of the 1961 conference and has now become a classic, and therefore these collected papers are expected to become the firm's continuing long-lasting pride.