The dearth of Japanese labor law cases in American courts.

This one really surprises me. I expected to go in and see this whole trove of cases interpreting Japanese labor law. (It’s got me wondering, too, why there isn’t.)

Most of the stateside litigation involves American plaintiffs and the defendant is the Japanese operations of a Japanese multinational. There are several of these, and big ones, besides the one I discussed with you all over the weekend.

But here, what I looking for is a case stateside, where the party is a Japanese company, most likely the Japanese affiliate of a U.S. multinational, where the case ends up in U.S. District Court.

It isn’t simply that one of these set of cases would have to attach to a discriminaiton claim. There is also something called “diversity jurisdiction”—which has nothing to do with how multicultural you come across, but rather whether you are parties of different states, or a state and a foreign country. The matter in controversy has to be over $75,000, too, by the way.

I suppose that’s it then. Because most English teachers being ripped off on social insurance benefits aren’t making $75,000.

To the readership that are lawyers (and I know I have a couple): what are the main federal cases interpreting Japanese law? Contract law, employment law, etc.–it doesn’t matter.

I don’t think these things settle, so there have to be ones out there!