Japan Today: Corporate Mores and Feudal Family Values



12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26

Four Sessions

This course will be offered online via the free, easy-to-use Zoom program.

Carlos Ghosn saved Nissan Motors from bankruptcy – but in doing so he trampled on corporate mores rooted in feudal Japan’s family state. His reward was arrest and imprisonment before trial. He refused to confess when in custody – instead he escaped and is now defending himself from abroad. This course explores how corporate mores and the criminal justice system in Japan interact. To do so we will deal with how corporate mores are based on feudal family values, discussing family law in ancient and modern Japan, Japan’s criminal “justice” system and the role of major corporations in Japanese life. 

    Carl Goodman is an internationally known authority on Japanese law with extensive experience in international practice, university teaching in both Japan and the US, and US government service. He holds an LLM from Georgetown University and is a retired partner of the Jones Day international law firm. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute; former General Counsel with the US Civil Service Commission; and recipient of the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award from Georgetown University. Professor Goodman is the author The Rule of Law in Japan (4th Revised Ed. 2017); Justice and Civil Procedure in Japan (Oceana Publications, 2004); and other titles.

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