Research Contacts



Lyonette Louis-Jacques

Foreign & International Law Librarian

D'Angelo Law Library





Eizaburo Okuizumi

Japanese Studies Librarian

Regenstein Library






Research Guides



Robert R. Britt, "Essential Materials for Japanese Legal Research"

(as part of program F-6,  A Current Appraisal of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Legal Research, 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Association Association of Law Libraries (AALL), Boston, Massachusetts)




Rob Britt, Japanese Legal Research at the University of Washington



Sung Yoon Cho, Japan (Introductions to Research in Foreign Law: No. 1, Law Library of Congress)

XXKNX3.C56 1991 D'Angelo Law Library, Reference


Guide to Law Online:  Japan (Law Library of Congress)



Makoto Ibusuki, Japanese Law Via the Internet




Japanese Law:  Resources at Duke and Beyond (Duke University)



Thomas H. Reynolds & Arturo A. Flores, Foreign Law:  Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World (v.3A covers Japan)

XXK38.R490 1989 D'Angelo Law Library, Reference






Court and Constitution in Japan:  Selected Supreme Court Decisions, 1948-1960 (1964)

KE3284.2.C8 D'Angelo Law Library


The Constitutional Case Law of Japan:  Selected Supreme Court Decisions, 1961-1970 (1978)

KE3284.2.C7 1978 D'Angelo Law Library


The Constitutional Case Law of Japan, 1970 through 1990 (1996)

XXKNX2066.5 1996 D'Angelo Law Library


Hanrei jihō

XXKNX18.7.H25 Regenstein, East Asian/CJK

(commercially-published Japanese case reporter)


Hanrei taimuzu

XXKNX18.7.H28 Regenstein, East Asian/CJK

(commercially-published reporter of Japanese court cases)


Japan. Saikō Saibansho.  Series of Prominent Judgments of the Supreme Court Upon Questions of Constitutionality (v.1 (1952)- v.30 (1999); updated via the web through 2004)

KE3284.2.S5 D'Angelo Law Library







Doing Business in Japan (Zentarō Kitagawa ed.)

KE3296.O45K5 1987 D'Angelo Law Library

(includes English translations of related statutes; full text also available online on LexisNexis)


EHS Law Bulletin Series (Tokyo : Eibun-Horei-Sha, Inc.)

KE3283.Z91E3 D'Angelo Law Library

(indexed by Robert R. Britt, Japanese Laws in English at XXKNX5.J363 D'Angelo Law Library, Reference and XXKNX10.6 Regenstein, East Asian Reading Room)


Contains almost all principal laws and orders of Japan written in English version.

v. 1. Constitution, Imperial household, Diet, Cabinet, Government organization, Election -- v. 2. Judicial system, Penal code, Civil code, Commercial code, Civil procedure code, Criminal code, Criminal procedure code -- v. 3. Education, Culture, Religion, Construction, Police -- v. 4. Internal revenue code -- v. 5. Foreign exchange, Foreign trade, Foreign investment, United Nations property -- v. 6. Banking, Insurance, Commerce, Patent -- v. 7. Agriculture, Industry, Mining, Public nuisance -- v. 8. Labor, Welfare, Sanitation -- v. 10. Foreign relations, [Aliens, Immigration]


Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan

DS805.K6330 1983 Regenstein, East Asian Reading Room

(includes texts of laws and law-related information)


Mohan roppō

XXKNX12.J376 D'Angelo Law Library

(annual compilation of selected laws with citations to relevant cases)


Roppō zensho

KE3282.W2 D'Angelo Law Library

(annual compilation of important laws)