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Australian Journal of Asian Law

Abstract from Volume 12 No 2 (2010)

Empirical Support for Redefining the Legal Profession and New Roles for Lawyers in Japanese Corporations

Kota Fukui is Professor of Law, Graduate School of Law and Politics, Osaka University.

Yusuke Fukui is Adjunct Project Researcher, Graduate School of Law and Politics, Osaka University. He is also a Part-time Lecturer of Sociology at Nishinihon Junior College.

This article introduces the current legal needs, role and image of lawyers in Japanese corporate society, based on three questionnaire surveys conducted by a research group at Osaka University. It provides empirical evidence to help clarify some of the reasons why Japanese corporations do not utilise lawyers for daily business activities. It also considers the future of lawyers in Japan. It argues that the increased number of corporate in-house lawyers will drive change in corporate legal culture in Japan and suggests factors that may accelerate these changes.

(2010) 12(2) Asian Law 273

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