The chief purpose of a citation, aside from furnishing assurance of scholarly discipline, is to make the author's sources available to others. Citation style rules should strive to do this uniformly, briefly, and clearly. For the sake of uniformity in citing Japanese language sources it is suggested that writers use the manual published by the Harvard Law Review Association, A Uniform System of Citation (11th ed. 1967), whenever its rules can be directly applied, or whenever they can be readily adapted to citation of Japanese sources. New rules are suggested below only for those relatively few instances where they are required by the peculiarities of the Japanese materials, language, or legal system.
Dan F. Henderson & Andy M. Ichiki,
Form of Citation of Japanese Legal Materials,
Wash. L. & Rev.
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