Talk:Yōrō Code

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State of preservation[edit]

The version previous to my revision read "The Code itself, as well as the other ritsuryō codes, is now lost. However, several ulterior documents (such as the Ryō no Gige, a 9th-century document explaining enacted laws) remain and allow for its reconstruction." While I am finding that English-language scholarly commentary gives this assessment, that it is only preserved in fragments, I rewrote it on the basis of a Japanese history dictionary I have at hand, which says that of the Yoro Code, at least the Civil Code/Administrative Code part (The ryō part of ritsuryō) is very nearly preserved. I was able to google multiple Japanese sources backing this, as well as some sources in the West, if you look hard enough.
The Penal Code (the ritsu part of ritsuryō) is largely lost, though a full reconstruction has been attempted on this. I realize a reconstruction is not the same as preservation of the code, and I hope this distinction is plain enough in the manner I phrased it in the article. --Kiyoweap (talk) 00:08, 17 December 2013 (UTC)