Japan Legal Support Center and Japan Federation of Bar Associations

There are two national services in Japan that might help foreigners find a lawyer in Hokkaido. These are services that can help those that don’t speak Japanese find answers to legal questions in Japan. Both services offer some help in English and other languages.

    The two services are:

  1. Japan Legal Support Center
  2. Japan Federation of Bar Associates (JFBA)

Japan Legal Support Center

The Japan Legal Support Center – also known as “Houterasu” – works to provide legal information to foreign nationals. They are located in Nagoya, Japan, but have many regional offices including several locations for free legal advice in Hokkaido and legal centers with lawyers in Sapporo. They are unlikely to resolve your issue, but can answer basic questions and may act as an attorney referral service in Hokkaido.

When you contact the Japan Legal Support Center service, they have interpreters that help foreigners that need a lawyer in Japan communicate via brief consultations. They can provide some information by phone and in person, and may make referrals to lawyers in Hokkaido that speak English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Spanish, and other languages.

The Japan Legal Support Center has a website and their phone number is: 0570-078377

Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA)

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) – also known as “Nichibenren” – is an association of Japanese attorneys, working mostly with native Japanese people. They are not specifically a service for foreigners needing legal help in Japan, but they provide some limited (and sometimes free) legal counselling for foreigners. There website has some details in English, but they state that they provide counseling in Japanese.

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations has headquarters located in Tokyo, and offices in various cities in Japan. They do not have a Hokkaido office, but you can contact them to see if they can provide access to lawyers in Hokkaido, or perhaps over the phone.

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations has a website and the phone number is: 03-6205-9531 (Tokyo office)

Lawyers for Foreigners in Hokkaido

Find Hokkaido Agents is not a legal service, but we provide person-to-person referrals to many lawyers in Hokkaido. Our focus is on lawyers for real estate in Hokkaido, including judicial scriveners in Hokkaido (that are essential in real estate transactions). We have several contacts that can help with immigration to Hokkaido. And we can make referrals to tax attorneys in Hokkaido, that can help with fees and payments to the Japanese government and with tax preparation services. Very often we can make introductions to lawyers in Hokkaido that speak English.

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