Die Rechtswissenschaft unter dem Kriegsregime in Japan: 1931–1952

Joachim Rückert 1  and Naoko Matsumoto 2
  • 1 Institut für Rechtsgeschichte, RuW 13, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2 Sophia-Universität, 102–8554, Tokio, Japan
Joachim Rückert
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and Naoko Matsumoto


The Jurisprudence under the wartime regime in Japan: 1931–1952. In 2016, a book was published in Tokyo with the title “Senji-taisei to Hōgakusha: 1931–1952” (The Wartime Regime and Legal Scholars: 1931–1952) as the first collective work about sixteen diverse legal scholars under the economic and political system of total war in Japan. This invited article summarizes the main points of the book from the viewpoint of one of its editors and explains why it was written now, and why not until now.

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The Zeitschrift für Rechtsgeschichte (ZRG, also known as the Savigny Journal) represents an integral part of European legal history research, having made a significant contribution to the current state of the discipline.