The modern Japanese legal system today is a combination of Anglo-American and continental legal structures, although an undercurrent thread in their law is derived from indigenous Japanese culture and that of ancient China. The unwillingness to file frivolous and reckless lawsuits without first negotiating behind closed doors without lawyers is a major difference between Japanese legal matters and those of the West. That being said, the jury is out about how Draconian the Japanese legislature is going to become in an age where intellectual property issues fostered through the Internet proliferate.



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