Comparative Tort Law
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Comparative Tort Law

Global Perspectives

Edited by Mauro Bussani and Anthony J. Sebok

This revised second edition of Comparative Tort Law: Global Perspectives offers an updated and enriched framework for analysing and understanding the current state of tort law around the world. Using a critical comparative methodology, it covers not only the common tort law issues but also many jurisdictions often overlooked in the mainstream literature. Contributions explore illuminating case studies from tort systems in Europe, the US, Latin America, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, including new chapters specifically discussing tort law in Brazil, India and Russia.
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Chapter 18: Tort law in Japan

Emi Matsumoto


The Japanese law of torts originally comprised various elements imported from different countries. These elements constituted the texts of the 1898 Civil Code, and were thus much elaborated upon by the courts. In this chapter, the marked characteristics of the Japanese law of torts are examined from two perspectives: the mixed nature of the law, on the one hand, and some unique developments which may constitute a certain originality of Japanese tort law in comparative aspects, on the other. These two features are both related to how the modernisation of law was carried out in Japan since the mid-nineteenth century.

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