Legal Issues

Legal Issues (Immigration (Visa) Assistance, Permanent Residence, Marriage, Divorce, Child Custody, Help with Documents and Procedures, Tax and Accounting Questions, Starting a Business, etc.):
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Free or Relatively Cheap Legal Advice (in English or with Interpreters Provided):
Ho-terasu Ikebukuro [Nationwide Links and Contacts Provided] – (050-3383-5321) - http://homepage3.nifty.com/okawalawoffice/sub5.html
Japan Legal Support Center - http://www.houterasu.or.jp/en/
Tokyo Bar Association Legal Counseling Center [5250 yen for 30 minutes] – (03-5979-2855) - http://niben.jp/english/legal.html
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Foreign Residents’ Advisory Center - http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/ENGLISH/RESIDENT/LIVINGIN/cont7-01.htm
Tokyo Public Law Office (Legal Assistance for Foreigners Section) – (03-5979-2880) – Email: slaf@t-pblo.jp
US Embassy ‘Legal Issues’ Advice Page - http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/acs/tacs-legal.html
General Sources of Help (Covering all Legal and Other Issues) - http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/acs/tacs-7104.html

Useful Advice from the UK Embassy in Japan which also could be applied to Irish citizens about what to do ‘when things go wrong’ (for example, ‘Lost or stolen banks cards’, ‘If you need a lawyer’, ‘If someone dies’, and ‘Child Abduction’ – [Note Japanese Child Custody Laws and the Hague Convention of 1980]’ etc.
http://ukinjapan.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/when-things-go-wrong/

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Mainstream Full Price Sources of Legal Advice in Japan:

Please choose the prefecture in which you are seeking an English-speaking attorney. Prefectures not listed have no identified English-speaking attorneys available:
http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/acs/tacs-7113.html

Others:
A&C International – http://www.a-ctokyo.com/ - (03-5510-5285) – Email: isaac@a-ctokyo.com  / kurihara@a-ctokyo.com
AITS – www.aits-lpc.com – (03-5362-0908).
Azuma Legal and Business Support Center – www.azuma-law.com – (03-6226-5105 / 080-1126-2293) – Email: info@azuma-law.com
BlueWheel Enterprises K.K. – www.bluewheele.com – (03-6311-6829) – 2enquire@bluewheele.com
J-Star Patent, Trademark, and Immigration Office – www.j-star.jp – (03-5216-6890) – Email: hiroshioogai@j-star.jp
Narita Immigration Legal Office – http://narita-visa.jp/  - (03-5339 – 3335) – Email: info@narita-visa.jp
Niitsu Legal Visa Office – www.niitsu-law.jp – (03-3443-5112) – Email:  info@niitsu-law.jp
Nissato Legal Visa Office – www.nissato.com   - (03-5776 – 2365) – Email: info@nissato.com
Osaka
Ohara Law Office. Wide range of legal issues. Freephone 0120-17-8054
http://www.oharalaw.jp/en/
Tokoro Accounting Group – http://www.tokoro-acc.com – (03-3571-2616).
WADA Legal and Administrative Office – http://www.wada-lats.com/ - (03-3345-7977) – Email: info@wada-lats.com

Divorce and Child Custody Related Articles:
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111020f2.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-07/japan-proves-safe-haven-for-abducted-kids/2875758
http://ukinjapan.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/living-in-japan/general-advice/divorce-in-japan
Japan’s Constitution and the Rights of Foreign Residents:
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111101a1.html#.Tq8t0T7IQe8.facebook
Making a Will in Japan:
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20110726at.html

 Unpaid Overtime in Japan:

http://japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20110809at.html1#.TkBvtWsS7kg.facebook