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Lovesick Japan: Sex * Marriage * Romance * Law

Mark D. West


This book explores an official vision of love, sex, and marriage in contemporary Japan. A comprehensive body of evidence describes a society characterized by a presupposed absence of physical and emotional intimacy, affection, and personal connections. The book finds that Japanese judges frequently opine on whether a person is in love, what other emotions a person is feeling, and whether those emotions are appropriate for the situation. Sometimes judges' views about love, sex, and marriage emerge from their presentation of the facts of cases. Among the recurring elements are abortions forced b ... More

Keywords: love, sex, marriage, contemporary Japan, Japanese judges, commercial sex, sexual relationships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449475
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449475.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark D. West, author
University of Michigan Law School

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