Washington Law Review


Sakae Wagatsuma


After the war, that part of the Japanese Civil Code which relates to family relationships, i.e., Book IV, Relatives, and Book V, Succession, underwent a thorough-going amendment, the chief objective of which was to democratize the legal relations among Japanese family members. As the main features of this amendment of the Japanese Civil Code have been explained in detail by Mr. Kurt Steiner in "Postwar Changes in the Japanese Civil Code" in the August issue of this Review, it appears advisable for the present writer to lay stress on the following two points: (1) public opinion on the amendment of the Civil Code, and (2) whether the amendment is actually changing the family life of the Japanese.

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