Like virtually everywhere in the modern world, the law in Japan is now largely an online enterprise. At first glance, language translation services might seem unnecessary for firms working with Japanese clients because nearly the entire Japanese legal code is available online at the government’s Japanese Law Translation website. The site provides more-or-less acceptable English text describing the specific laws forming the body of a still evolving legal system.
Having that text online is handy, but it doesn’t quite take the place of the old, familiar, thousand-page volumes of dense type that lined lawyers' shelves in times past. After all, the law is like war – sometimes it’s helpful to have something heavy to throw at your opponent.