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Japan’s Adult Guardianship Law: Current Status And Issues

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This chapter reviews Japan's New Adult Guardianship Law and analyses the realities of its application eight years after its going into effect. It examines the statistical data provided by Japan's Supreme Court in Seinen koken jiken no gaikyo covering the eight years since the new law went into effect in April 2000. After some analysis of those data, the chapter presents what has been learned from those eight years of experience, discusses issues this experience raises, and suggest future directions. The changes in Japan's Civil Code that accompanied the introduction of the New Adult Guardianship Law were exceptionally large in scale, in both quality and quantity, for a country in which, except for the Commercial Code, revisions in the area of basic law are rare. The chapter discusses in greater detail the issues now confronting the adult guardianship system in Japan.

Keywords: adult guardianship system; Japan



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