Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Skip Navigation LinksHome > News & Information > Features > Lovesick Japan by Mark West

Labor of Love

Prof. Mark West talks on video about his new book, Lovesick Japan

Aug. 10, 2011
Contact: John Masson, 734.647.7352,

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A new book by Michigan Law Prof. Mark D. West takes a lively look at the painful reality of love, as seen through the eyes of Japanese judges.

Lovesick Japan: Sex/Marriage/Romance/Law is the fifth book for West, the Nippon Life Professor of Law and Associate Dean at the Law School. He has written Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle: The Rules of Scandal in Japan and the United States (2006); Law in Everyday Japan: Sex, Sumo, Suicide, and Statutes (2005); and Economic Organizations and Corporate Governance in Japan (2004). He is also an editor of The Japanese Legal System: Cases, Codes, and Commentary (2006).

The latest book sprang, West said, from a classroom discussion of divorce law in Japan. But don't take our word for it—instead, play the short video interview with the author, below.

Get Adobe Flash player A newer version of the Flash Player is required to view this encrypted video/audio stream.
Prof. Mark West talks about his book Lovesick Japan.


Read more feature stories