Drunk Japan: law and alcohol in Japanese society

Drinker's paradise? -- How to drink in Japan -- Drunk crime -- Drunk driving -- Drunk others -- Punishing the drunk -- Drunk in society.

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Main Author: West, Mark D. (Author)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
Published: New York, NY Oxford University Press [2020]
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Summary:Drinker's paradise? -- How to drink in Japan -- Drunk crime -- Drunk driving -- Drunk others -- Punishing the drunk -- Drunk in society.
"What does it mean to be drunk in Japan? This book provides a rich description of Japanese alcohol consumption, drinking culture, and intoxication based on a unique dataset: thousands of published Japanese court opinions. The opinions show patterns in what, where, and why people drink in Japan, but they also focus to a surprising extent on characteristics of individual litigants. Courts humanize people in the opinions in various ways; for instance, by dropping clues about their social status (occupation, wealth, gender, education, and the like) or by discussing in depth their particular histories with alcohol. The focus on individual people sometimes leads courts to ignore forensic evidence when defendants don't fit their image of drunkenness, to rely on post-arrest drinking tests to see how people handle their liquor, and to calculate prison sentences based on factors like whether mothers promise to help their adult children abstain. The consistencies and contradictions that emerge from a deep reading of the cases reveal a comprehensive picture of alcohol in Japan and an entirely new vision of Japanese law"--
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index
Physical Description:xiv, 220 Seiten
ISBN:9780190070847