The present chapter discusses the Japanese contribution to the development of international law after Japan's ‘encounter’ with it. It might be argued that ‘international law’ of European origin extended its application to non-European regions since the age of European voyages of ‘discovery’. While, as several chapters in this handbook exhibit, the periods of its expansion and the modes of its application differ from one region to another,1 in East Asia the Europeans up to the 18th century made efforts in adapting themselves to the regional ‘international’ system...
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