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Author West, Mark D., 1968- author
Title Drunk Japan : law and alcohol in Japanese society / Mark D. West
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
book jacket
 Modern History Library  362.2920952 W519    AVAILABLE    30550100682424
 人文社會聯圖  HV5613 .W48 2020    AVAILABLE    30660020235136
Descript xiv, 220 pages ; 25 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
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"-- Provided by publisher
Link Online version: West, Mark D., Drunk Japan New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019] 9780190070854 (DLC) 2019038104
Subject Alcoholism -- Social aspects -- Japan
Drinking of alcoholic beverages -- Social aspects -- Japan
Liquor laws -- Japan
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