New prospects for foreign lawyers in Tokyo
The reform of the rules governing the activities of foreign-qualified lawyers in Japan has been hailed as a step in the right direction. But much more needs to be done before it will be possible for them to work on an equal footing with their Japanese counterparts
The law relating to lawyers, and in particular foreign lawyers, in Japan was amended in 2003 by the Special Measures Law Concerning the Handling of Legal Business by Foreign Lawyers. The law is now in the course of implementation through regulations made by the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations, or Nichibenren. The regulatory framework to enable the law to come into effect must be in place by July 2005, and the Ministry of Justice has announced that the law will come into effect on 1 April next year.
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