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Like most legal systems around the world, the Japanese civil code imposes a duty of reasonable behavior on its citizens. Therefore, anyone who intentionally or negligently infringes the rights of others must compensate the injured party for their damage. This wide-ranging law covers a variety of situations and it is the main law used to enforce liability in traffic accidents and bicycle accidents.

The standard that courts will judge a person’s actions by is whether or not the accused party was exercising “reasonable care.” For a car accident, things that a court might consider are whether the person was speeding, ignoring a traffic signal or driving while intoxicated. All of these behaviors would indicate a lack of reasonable care and give rise to liability for negligence.

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