As the reader journeys from act to act and location to location, a panorama of the amazing eccentricity of the Japanese sex business emerges.
A falling birth rate is a concern for most rich nations but many, such as Germany, have been able to halt population decline by compensating with rising immigration. [West] possesses one of the most interesting minds in Japanese legal studies.""The book is very skillfully written. A skillfull, astute, and fascinating book that should be of great value to many scholars, lawyers, laymen, and others.""Law in Everday Japan is a study of the interaction between legal structures and individual behavior that fills important gaps in our understanding of how conflict is managed in Japanese society. In so doing he provides jhis readers new and interesting insights into aspects of law where no one else has venuted.Prof Allison, who edited “The gender stuff is pretty consistent with trends around the world – men are having a harder time.“The birth rate is down, even the coupling rate is down.List of Figures and Tables Acknowledgments Author's Note1. Rather than trumping law, social norms are powerfully shaped by it. By choosing themes off the beaten track of legal analysis, West demonstrates that even the quirkiest phenomena can be analyzed. Through several non-obvious but delightfully juicy case studies, he reveals the many colorful ways that law affects day-to-day life in Japan."“A blend of fieldwork, rational-choice theory, and statistical analysis, [West] traces the interplay of law, norms, and behavior through quirky case studies of rent-by-the-hour ‘love hotels;’ the business hierarchies of sumo wrestling; Japan’s high rates of debt-related suicide; complaints by the karaoke-deafened against neighboring residents or bars; repair disputes among condominium owners before and after the 1995 Kobe earthquake; and, indeed, Japanese-style lost and found.”"[West] shows how Japanese are as rational as anyone in responding to carrots and sticks. It is a fun read and where else can you find the history of love hotels? In an essay for the book, , Prof Kingston and Machiko Osawa – a professor at Japan Women’s University in Tokyo – wrote: “This is a major new development in Japan’s employment paradigm, as new graduates find it increasingly difficult to get a foothold on the career ladder as regular employees.” This often has a knock on effect on a man’s marriage prospects as a stable, well-paid job is seen as a prerequisite for marital bliss.Ryosuke Nishida, a professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, said: “Japan has this idea that the man is supposed to get a regular job.Many reasons have been suggested for the decline, from Japan's restrictive immigration policies to its attitudes to female equality in the workplace, but a new collection of essays suggests a different answer.Anne Allison, a professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University in North Carolina, said the reason could be that men are finding it harder to find well paying jobs which enable them to support a family.