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The complete collection of articles and abstracts for the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal is available in the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library digital archives.

Volume 22  |  Issue 3  |  June 2013

The Role of Courts in "Making" Law in Japan: The Communitarian Conservatism of Japanese Judges

John O. Haley
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 491

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Reflections on the University of Washington's Asian Law Center

John O. Haley
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 505

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Capital Structure, Creditor Composition, and Insolvency Law in Japan

Benjamin T. Jones
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 513

This article identifies potential relationships between the methods by which large firms in the business sector are externally financed and creditors’ determinations to resolve business failure through private negotiation or formal insolvency proceedings.  Prior to the deregulation of Japan’s capital markets in the 1980s, large firms relied heavily on bank debt as a source of external capital.  Consequently, their capital structures and their creditor compositions were relatively homogenous.  Japanese banks appeared to primarily resolve the failure of their borrowers through private reorganizations or liquidations rather than court proceedings, and evidence suggests that creditor homogeneity was a favorable condition for the negotiated resolution of business failure.  Japan’s corporate insolvency laws were used relatively infrequently and suffered from procedural and substantive defects that likely discouraged their use. 

The deregulation of Japan’s capital markets in the 1980s enabled large firms to raise debt capital by issuing bonds, which over time resulted in the diversification of firm capital structures and creditor compositions.  This had significant consequences for the ability of creditors to negotiate the resolution of their borrowers’ business failure.  Japan’s long recession in the 1990s pushed many firms close to insolvency, yet it appears that changes in capital structure and creditor composition adversely affected the availability of negotiated resolution of business failure, and Japan’s insolvency laws remained problematic.  This article suggests that Japanese banks developed unusual and seemingly irrational lending strategies for distressed borrowers, given their inability to resolve business failure through private negotiations or formal insolvency proceedings.  At the turn of the century, the Japanese legal community spearheaded significant reforms of Japan’s insolvency laws, and a prolonged surge in filing rates indicates that creditors quickly seized upon legal reforms to force reorganization of distressed borrowers.  While this article’s findings are preliminary, it represents an agenda for further research on this topic. 

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Cloudy Weather, With Occasional Sunshine: Consumer Loans, the Legislature, and the Supreme Court of Japan

Shigenori Matsui
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 555

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Layers of the Law: A look at the Role of Law in Japan Today

Andrew M. Pardieck
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 599

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Guangdong Province Regulation to Reward and Protect Persons of Courageous Behavior

Annamarie C. Larson & Melody W. Young
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 675

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Beijing Municipal Regulation to Reward and Protect Persons of Courageous Behavior

Annamarie C. Larson & Melody W. Young
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 685

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The Aftermath of Peng Yu: Restoring Helping Behavior in China

Melody W. Young
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 691

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Mexico's Missed Opportunities to Protect Irregular Women Transmigrants: Applying a Gender Lens to Migration Law Reform

Alyson L. Dimmitt Gnam
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 713

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Gene Patents in Australia: A Game Theory Approach

Kate M. Mead
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 751

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Volume 22  |  Issue 2  |  March 2013

NOTE FROM THE EDITORS

Editors
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 237

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INTRODUCTION

Jonathan A. Franklin
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 239

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UNDRIP AND THE INTERVENTION: INDIGENOUS SELF-DETERMINATION, PARTICIPATION, AND RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY OF AUSTRALIA

Anna Cowan
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 247

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INDIGENOUS RESTITUTION IN SETTLING WATER CLAIMS: THE DEVELOPING CULTURAL AND COMMERCIAL REDRESS OPPORTUNITIES IN AOTEAROA, NEW ZEALAND

Jacinta Ruru
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 311

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THE STRUGGLE FOR LAWS OF FREE, PRIOR, AND INFORMED CONSULTATION IN PERU: LESSONS AND AMBIGUITIES IN THE RECOGNITION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Elizabeth Salmón G.
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 353

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PROTECTING THE SPIRITUAL BELIEFS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES-AUSTRALIAN CASE STUDIES 

Michael Blakeney
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 391

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RECOGNIZING THE FEMINIZATION OF DISPLACEMENT: A PROPOSAL FOR A GENDER-FOCUSED APPROACH TO LOCAL INTEGRATION IN ECUADOR

Johanna L. Gusman
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 429

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CHINA'S FOREIGN INVESTED PARTNERSHIP ENTERPRISE LAW: THE LIFELESS OR SLEEPING DRAGON?

Samuel H. Shaddox
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 469

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Volume 22  |  Issue 1  |  January 2013

PROSECUTION REVIEW COMMISSIONS, THE PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED: THE NEED FOR A "GROWN UP" IN THE ROOM

Carl F. Goodman
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 1

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CONFUCIAN JURISPRUDENCE IN PRACTICE: PRE-TANG DYNASTY PANWEN (WRITTEN LEGAL JUDGEMENTS)

Norman P. Ho
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 49

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WHERE ARE WE NOW AND WHERE SHOULD WE HEAD FOR? A REFLECTION ON THE PLACE OF EAST ASIA ON THE MAP OF SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES

Setsuo Miyazawa
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 113

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COLOMBIA'S POETIC WORLD OF AUTHORS' MORAL RIGHTS: CONSIDERATIONS ON IMPRISONING A PROFESSOR FOR PLAGIARISM

Carlos Castellanos Rubio (Translated by David Cromwell)
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 141

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PUNISHING THE PEN WITH THE SWORD?: COLOMBIA'S NEW, EXTREME, AND INEFFECTIVE PUNISHMENT FOR PLAGIARISM

David Cromwell
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 157

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REVERSE REVOLUTION: RUSSIA'S CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS

Sarah E. Cox
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 179

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FATAL FLAWS: NEW ZEALAND'S HUMAN TISSUE ACT FAILS TO PROVIDE AN AVENUE FOR INDIVIDUALS TO GIVE LEGALLY BINDING INFORMED CONSENT

Jennifer J. Howard
22 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 209

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