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Legal Assistance

The names and contact details of lawyers practicing in Japan appearing below has been compiled by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from publicly-available information. DFAT does not endorse any of the lawyers appearing in this list, provides no guarantees as to its currency and does not accept any liability if you choose to engage one of these lawyers to provide legal services.


Lawyers by Location

Other Legal Assistance



Japan Federation of Bar Associations

1-1-3 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0013

Tel: 03-3580-9741
Fax: 03-3580-9840

  • Information on Japanese judiciary system
  • Information on duty lawyer system
  • Legal counselling for foreigners

Houterasu (Japan Legal Support Center)

Tel: 0570-078-377

  • Information on the Japanese legal system, counselling services and local bar associations
  • Civil legal aid
  • Crime victims support
  • Arrangements for court-appointed defense counsel (Criminal Cases)
  • Interpreter provided

Foreign Resident’s Advisory Center
Tokyo Metropolitan Government

2-8-1 Nishi Shinjuku
Tokyo 163-01

Tel: 03-5320-7744

  • English advisory service operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government
  • Counselling services and general information on living in Japan
  • Free of charge
  • Confidential

International Social Service

Tel: 03-3760-3471

  • Inter-country adoption
  • Assistance for refugees/asylum seekers
  • Assistance for family reunification
  • Counselling for international couples
  • Assistance for registration of birth

Legal Counselling for Foreigners

Tel: 03-6435-3040 OR 0570-055-289

Counselling available on:

  • Visa status
  • Nationality
  • International marriage and divorce
  • Other general matters (such as civil, labour and criminal cases)

Human Rights Counselling Centre for Foreigners
Tokyo Legal Affairs Bureau

1-1-15 Kudanminami
Tel: 03-5213-1372

  • Consultation and advice on legal problems
  • Free of charge

National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan

(Available from 3 December 2018)

Tel: 03-5449-0906

Consultation hotline for short-term visitors on consumer issues such as:

  • Faulty goods purchased online
  • Exorbitant charges at restaurants and bars
  • Extortionate charges for repairs of hired cars
  • False advertising (eg. Accommodation)