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I'm starting this thread in the hope that it can be used as resource for good and reliable lawyers found in Japan, who also speak English (probably a short list!! :-)) .

I've looked myself, and had one representative who did my legal jobs in Japan for a while, but he just disappeared.

If anyone can name a good and reliable lawyer/law firm that speaks English (with contact details), I'd be grateful if you could list their details here so we can all benefit.

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Administrator (72 posts)
6/3/2005 8:03:35 AM
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I've had prompt responses to an e-mail enquiry from the following 3 different Japanese lawyers (in English). I'll update this thread to let everyone know how I get on. I list their details below.

Masayuki Honda Law Office
Address: 6F, Bigtree building. 2-8-6, Ebisu-nishi Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0021
Tel: 03-3464-0778
Fax: 03-5204-8599
Language: English & Japanese are used for correspondence
Criminal Law Criminal cases of foreigners International Divorce International Child Abduction Immigration Probate International Litigation Corporation; Copyrights law& Unfair Competition Practice, trademark; International transaction & making contracts

E-mail: mhonda(at)


Hamayotsu & Hamayotsu, Side Bldg. 2F, 1-11-4 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0014. Tel (03)3593-3351. Fax (03)3593-3399. Born 1970. Keio University, LL.B., 1993; University of Chicago, LL.M., 2002. Admitted Bar, Japan, 1997; New York, 2003. Accept criminal cases? Yes. Practice: Family Law, Divorce, Labor Relations, Contract, Criminal Law, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, Personal Injury Law, Civil Suits, Accidents, Immigration.

Email: ichikawa(at)


Toshiyasu Maekawa
Administrative Document Lawyer
3rd Floor TSK Bldg.
1-4 Kanda Suda-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0041

E-mail: toshiyasu.maekawa(at)

(replace (at) with the "@" symbol)

Edited 03/06/2005 08:05:27
Administrator (72 posts)
6/6/2005 8:55:22 AM
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Hmmm, two responses and both asking for prohibitively high fees:-

Masayuki Honda - US$400/h with deposit $4,000.

Toshiyasu Maekawa - 150,000Yen for the job.

The work required is very very simple - simply calling the family court and requesting a form. The form is completed and sent back to the family court - end of job (for the purpose of booking a mediation session).

Will family courts allow normal (i.e. not lawyers) Japanese people to help out here and request the form and help with completion? Or must they be lawyers?
Administrator (72 posts)
6/7/2005 9:33:45 AM
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Found a new contact who is happy to help with phone calls and administrative tasks:-

mkoyama(at) (Mikiko Oyama)

Will post here again to see how it all goes....

Edited 07/06/2005 09:34:34
Bokonon (1 posts)
7/30/2010 4:46:08 AM
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The embassy has a decent list. I met with 3 different lawyers including Masayuki Honda.

I guess it depends on your financial situation, but I think the costs are reasonable and the lawyers I have talked to have been helpful. I plan to retain a lawyer and the fees seem relatively standard.

~200,000 JPY to begin
~100,000 JPY if it goes to court
~200,000 JPY to complete the final paperwork

The percentages taken for any division of assets were also reasonable if you ask me. Like most others, the children are the primary concern, so I don't really care right now.

Edited 7/30/2010 4:48:20 AM

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