The Best English Speaking Legal Advice Experts in Japan

Life in Japan can be a whirlwind adventure some days, with others a headache. It’s not simply not knowing the rules, norms and right words to say in any given situation, sometimes it can be much bigger issues that stress us out. If for example you’ve ever been to an immigration office in Japan, then you know exactly this kind of stress. Dealing with legal issues in Japan goes beyond not knowing the language and culture; in many cases you will also need the advice of an expert on your side. It’s for this reason that J SELECT has put together our recommendations for the city’s best legal experts who speak English. With our recommendations you can feel at ease knowing you will be understood and represented fairly. Whether it’s in an issue of custody, marriage and divorce proceedings, labor issues, new business incorporation, or something as simple as changing the status of your visa. Here are some legal experts who speak English and can help with any issues that may arise during your time spent in the Land of the Rising Sun.


Office FURUKAWA is the private office of Hiroki Furukawa, who is a Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist, and provides legal counsel to all aspects of your business and personal life in Japan, including residence, naturalization, studying in Japan, employment, marriage and setting up a business.

A Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist is a nationally licensed legal specialist who practices preparing documents for public agencies and/or submitting them on behalf of clients for a fee, under the Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist Act. In essence these legal specialists can quickly and accurately submit complex documents, contracts, and applications to the Japanese government, thus eliminating the need for you to do so yourself, saving you time and money. Especially in the case of submitting visa paperwork, simply applying can take the entire day. What is more, a mistake in the application process can result in having to start from square one again and may delay your ability to work or even lose you a job. Experts like Furukawa eliminate this hassle, by submitting the application for you free of errors, saving you time, money and stress.

Furukawa’s legal guidance is critical to help you mitigate risk and to protect your life and reputation. His legal expertise and knowledge are supported by 20+ years of experience. He brings legal strategies to you, which supports and enables you to live a stress-free life in Japan. His work experience in Vietnam of more than 10 years enables him to sympathize with your circumstances in Japan as well.

His office in West Tokyo is near the U.S. Air Force’s Yokota Air Base. However, his clients are in Central Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and other areas. Moreover, he has successfully gotten visas from the Tokyo Regional Immigration Services Bureau, Nagoya Regional Immigration Services Bureau, Kobe District Immigration Office, Hiroshima Regional Immigration Services Bureau and others. The nationalities of his clients range from Vietnamese and Filipino to Chinese, American and more.

He is also often asked about starting a business in Japan. As visa and incorporation procedures are often closely related to each other, his legal advice is crucial for your success in business in Japan. After helping to build the foundations of your business in Japan, he provides one-stop legal services for you and your company in conjunction with other professionals. He is the best consultative partner in business, as well as life. However, his assistance is not profit oriented. He focuses on long-term, sustainable and demand-based assistance, which enables you to continue to maintain your business after his involvement is finished. Furukawa is there to help you, when you need help.

He has extended his multidimensional capability and legal knowledge to run a trade business of alcoholic beverage to and from Japan, and conferred advice to another agricultural consulting company. Hiroki will serve as the perfect consultant for regulatory matters if you are looking for advice regarding trade to and from Japan.

Furthermore, Hiroki serves as a specially appointed associate professor for international affairs at the University of Electro-Communications, which is part of the Japanese National University Corporation in Tokyo. So not only do we recommend his expertise, but his skills and experience are also highly sought after by a nationally recognized university as well.


Ishikawa Bldg. 103, Matsubara-cho 4-3-18, Akishima-shi, Tokyo
For more information contact 042-519-2784 or

Daisuke Takeuchi (Waseda Legal Commons, LPC)

Supporting your life in Japan.
Many of you reading this article may be living, working, or expanding your business in Japan.

While we always hope your life in Japan is carefree and happy, the reality however, is that you may face some legal problems in your life wherever you are. And when you face legal issues in Japan, a country where you are unfamiliar with the laws, it can be intimidating.
For instance, you may encounter real estate problems regarding your living space. Specifically, you may need help checking rental contracts, combating a sudden rent increase, dealing with real estate inheritance, and even eviction in some cases, which can be overwhelming. Daisuke Takeuchi can help you deal with all these issues and more regarding your living arrangements in Japan.
You may have to deal with legal issues surrounding divorce, custody, alimony, child support, visitation or inheritance within a marriage. Takeuchi can help with these issues as well.

Moreover, legal issues can happen at work too. These can include termination of employment, claims for overtime pay, wage devaluation, recommendations for resignation and various forms of harassment. Don’t let a language barrier rob you of what you deserve, if you feel your company is treating you unfairly, call Takeuchi for a free consultation and he can educate you about your rights in the Japanese workplace and whether you are entitled to financial compensation.

Right now it may seem like a hurdle for you to reach a lawyer when you face these kinds of legal issues in Japan. Not knowing the law can turn Japan from a paradise, to a “strange and foreign land.” Considering that there aren’t many Japanese lawyers providing advice in English, it can be even more daunting.
But it is because of this problem that Takeuchi became a lawyer in the first place. His mission in law is to make sure foreigners living in Japan know their rights and are fairly represented in Japan. Focusing on real estate related cases, labor cases, domestic legal issues and providing legal services that meet your needs in English, Takeuchi is supported by years of experience living in the U.K. and Canada.

Of course, his associated firm, Waseda Legal Commons, also provides legal services to companies and executives expanding their business in Japan. Additionally, the office also has a certified public accountant and a specialist in criminal cases, providing one-stop legal services for any legal concerns you may face in Japan. Be it business or personal, Takeuchi’s well developed network of lawyers extends to all areas of law, so if he can not help you personally he will be able to find someone who can.

If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Takeuchi, as the first 30 minutes of consultation are free (Online Consultation is available).
Let Daisuke Takeuchi make your life in Japan more fulfilling than ever.

Daisuke Takeuchi

Waseda Legal Commons
4F Chiyoda Kaikan 1-6-17 Kudan-Minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
For more information contact 080-7645-4005 or