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SIX CODES (六法), refers to the six main legal codes that make up the main body of law in Japan
Japan
, South Korea
South Korea
, and Taiwan
Taiwan
(Republic of China ). Sometimes, the term is also used to describe the six major areas of law. Furthermore, it may refer to all or part of a collection of statutes .

JAPAN Republic of Korea ( South Korea
South Korea
) Republic of China
Republic of China
( Taiwan
Taiwan
)

1 Constitution of Japan
Japan
(日本国憲法 Nippon-koku-kenpō, 1946) Constitution of the Republic of Korea
Constitution of the Republic of Korea
(大韓民國憲法 Daehan-minguk Heon-beob, 1948) Constitution of the Republic of China
Republic of China
(中華民國憲法 Zhōnghuá Mínguó Xiànfǎ, 1948)

2 Civil Code (民法 Minpō, 1896) Civil Code (民法 Min-beob, 1958) Civil Code (民法 Mínfǎ, 1929)

3 Code of Civil Procedure (民事訴訟法 Minji-soshō-hō, 1996) Code of Civil Procedure (民事訴訟法 Minsa-sosong-beob, 1960) Code of Civil Procedure (民事訴訟法 Mínshìsùsòngfǎ, 1930)

4 Criminal Code (刑法 Keihō, 1907) Criminal Code (刑法 Hyeong-beob, 1953) Criminal Code (刑法 Xíngfǎ, 1935)

5 Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法 Keiji-soshō-hō, 1948) Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法 Hyeongsa-sosong-beob, 1954) Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法 Xíngshìsùsòngfǎ, 1928)

6 Commercial Code (商法 Shōhō, 1899) Commercial Code (商法 Sang-beob, 1962) Administrative laws (行政法規 Xíngzhèngfǎguī)

The word roppō is a slightly adapted form of the word used in Japanese to describe the Napoleonic Code (ナポレオン五法典 Napoleon go-hōten) when it was brought over during the early Meiji period . Although the Napoleonic Code consisted of five major codes, the Japanese added to this their own constitution to form six codes in all, and thus it came to be called the roppō or "six codes."

Legislation in Japan
Japan
tends to be terse. The statutory volume Roppō Zensho, similar in size to a large dictionary, contains all six codes as well as many other