chapter  6
14 Pages

Law and society in Japan

ByLawrence Repeta

Modern Japan is surely one of the most successful societies in history. Its economy has long been the world’s second largest; its people enjoy the longest average lifespans among large countries of the world; it maintains the lowest per capita prison population among OECD countries and perhaps the lowest rate of crime. Japanese producers of cars, cameras, and many consumer electronic and other sophisticated products are world leaders. Japanese artists have fl ourished in virtually every fi eld of creative expression. One outstanding example of mass distribution of Japanese commercial art is the introduction of Japanese anime and manga to fans all over the world (see Napier, Chapter 18).