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Lovesick JapanSex * Marriage * Romance * Law$
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Mark D. West

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449475

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449475.001.0001

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(p.209) Conclusion
Lovesick Japan

Mark D. West

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes key findings about Japanese judges' views about love, sex, and marriage, highlighting the lack of separation of love from law. It argues that judicial opinions are part of a complicated legal system where courts reach far more deeply into hearts and psyches than statutes require. Courts view the marital relationship not simply as a contract between two people but as a family bond the dissolution of which can be affected by statements of adult children. Courts have much to say about sex, voicing opinions as to which activities are normal and which are decidedly not. And love, which seems unlikely to have legal importance, is often an explicit or implicit factor in decision making.

Keywords:   Japanese judges, love, pain, judicial opinions, sex, marriage, Japanese law

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