We are a general practice law firm based in central Tokyo. As legal professionals, our primary duty is to aid our clients to achieve their aims and, through the services we provide, to promote the best interests of their employees and families. We also believe that lawyers owe a professional obligation to contribute to the benefit of society. We strive to do our best for each client and to achieve with each client a relationship of complete trust. As a boutique independent firm, we believe that we can provide services in a flexible manner based on customized arrangements. We invite you to contact us should you have any enquiries relating to Japanese law.
With the assistance of our network of international legal professionals, our firm assists both overseas-based companies and entrepreneurial individuals regarding their Japan-related business issues, and Japanese clients that are doing business internationally.
The range of practice areas upon which we advise covers most of the issues that you may encounter when doing business in Japan. We can support all of the legal aspects of your business operations in Japan, for example by explaining the intricacies of the Japanese legal system and business culture, by preparing minutes of meetings, and by preparing agreements and other legal documentation, etc, and we can do so in English.Show more +
Kazuma Higuchi is a managing partner of Higuchi & Partners, LPC based in Tokyo, licensed to practice in Japan and New York. He graduated in B.A., Law at Keio University (1995-1999) and obtained his M.A. in Language and Sociology from School of Hitotsubashi University and passed the Japan Bar Exam in 2000. Kazuma also obtained L.L.M. at the University of Michigan Law School in 2007. During his practical experience in Chicago, he was admitted to New York State Bar in 2008 and founded the independent international law firm in 2011. He is a member of several legal associations such as Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Tokyo Bar Association (TBA), American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and International Bar Association (IBA). He has also been serving as a Vice-chair of International Committee of TBA since 2011, a Vice-chair of Regional Development Subcommittee of International Sales Committee of IBA since 2012, and a National Representative of Japan of AIJA since 2016. He is the author of several articles (including multi-authored ones): Global Development in the Prevention of Foreign Corruption-Outline of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act with a Focus on the Impact on Japanese Corporations, Research on The Practice of Law No. 25 (Tokyo Bar Association)(2010); J-SOX, Essential Points and Response of Japanese Subsidiary, Japan Chicago Chamber of Commerce News Letter No. 78 (2008); “Proposed Revision of Japanese Civil Code after 120 years”, International Sales Newsletter No. 33 of IBA (2014); General Guide to Legal Affairs for SMEs, Shouji-houmu (2017); International Commercial Agency and Distribution Agreement, Wolters Kluwer (2017). He frequently appears as panelist at major international conferences.
2011 Kazuma Higuchi International Law Office (Partner) 2008 Ohhara Law Office (Senior Associate) 2007-2008 Masuda, Funai, Enfert & Mitchell, LTD (Visiting Attorney)
*Admitted to New York State Bar (2008) 2006-2007 University of Michigan Law School (LL.M) 2003-2006 Ohhara Law Office (Associate) 2002-2003 Legal Research and Training Institute of Supreme Court of Japan (Law Clerk) 2000-2002 Graduate School of Hitotsubashi University (M.A., Language and Sociology)
*Passed Bar Exam of Japan (2000)
*Attended University of Cambridge’s Summer School for English Legal Methods (2000)
*Organized or joined legal system research tours of Europe, South Korea, China, and Australia 1995-1999 Keio University (B.A., Law)
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