Takashi ITO | Kenji YANO | Takeshi HARIGAYA | Paralegals

Takashi ITO

Attorney (Illinois, Japan), Financial Planner (CFP)

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Born in Kashima City, Ibaraki Prefecture
2001 University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law (LLB)
2005 Admitted as Attorney in Japan
2007-2009 Head of the Noshiro Himawari Fund Law Office
2010 Registered as Financial Planner (CFP)
2014-2015 New York University (Visiting Researcher)
2016 Admitted as Attorney in Illinois, USA
2019 Managing Partner, Tokyo Public Law Office, Foreign and International Service Section (FISS)
2021 Co-founder, Tokyo Kokusai Partners Law Office

Professional Members
・Tokyo Bar Association
・Illinois Bar Association
・Japan Association for Financial Planners
・Executive Director of Lawyers Network for Foreigners
・English Speakling Lawyers List of the Embassies in Japan (US, UK, Australia, etc.)

Committee Members
・Temporary member of the Consumer Affairs Agency Consumer Safety Investigation Committee
・Expert member of Commissioned Project Committee (“Research on civil responsibility and social acceptability of autonomous driving”) of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of National Roads and Transportation

Publications
<Product Liability>
・“Practice of establishing a fact of Defect in Product Liability” (Minjihokenkyukai, 2015).
・“Comparison of US and Japanese Product Liability, Especially the Proof of Defects” (Jiyu to Seigi, June 2016).

<Estate Planning>
・How to read and check family register useful for estate planning practice (revised edition) (Business Kyoiku Shuppansha, 2020).
・Estate Planning Q & A – Law, Tax, Insurance, Life Planning – (Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing, 2019)
and many others.

Website
Consultation Room on Product Liability

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Kenji YANO

Attorney (Japan), LLM (UK)

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2007 Hitotsubashi University, Faculty of Law (LLB)
2009 Kobe University School of Law (JD, Competition Law)
2010 Admitted as Atttorney in Japan
2011-2017 Associate, Usui & Partners (Tokyo)
2018 University College London (UCL), LLM in Human Rights Law
2019 Dawson Cornwell (London)
2020 Partner, Tokyo Public Law Office , Foreign and International Service Section (FISS)
2021 Co-founder, Tokyo Kokusai Partners Law Office

Professional Members
・Daiichi-Tokyo Bar Association
・International Society of Family Law (ISFL)
Lawyers Network for Foreigners
・English Speakling Lawyers List of the Embassies in Japan (US, UK, Australia, etc.)
・Registered Attorney dealing with the Hague Convention on Child Abduction cases of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations
・Member of Fathering Japan (NPO)

Publications
‘A Relational Welfare Approach to Child Contact’ (Hanreijihou No.2417, 2019)
・‘The best interests of children in England & Wales – from individualistic understanding to
relational understanding’ in “How to Protect Children after Divorce” Section3-9 (Nihon Hyoronsha, 2020)

・‘Report on Custody and Parental Rights/Responsibility in Australia’ (Co-author, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, 2019)


Research
He has also conducted research on family law, in particular comparative research of the child’s welfare and child’s best interests. His particular interest is in a new way of thinking called “Relational Welfare Theory” that can be applied in practice, from the viewpoint of the Ethics of Care and Relational Theory, referring to the discussion in England and Wales. He has also been translating and introducing the latest research and knowledge in the area of family law in the world.


Website
Kenji Yano’s Personal Website

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Takeshi HARIGAYA

Attorney (Japan)

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Born in Fukushima Prefecture
2012 Tsukuba University, Social and International Studies
2015 Tohoku University School of Law (JD)
2016 Admitted as Attorney in Japan
2016 Gotanda Law Office (Tokyo)
2019 Partner, Tokyo Public Law Office, Foreign and International Service Section (FISS)
2021 Co-founder, Tokyo Kokusai Partners Law Office

Professional Members
・Japan Federation of Bar Associations (Foreign Workers Acceptance Project Team, Human Rights Committee)
・Tokyo Bar Association (Committee on Foreigner’s Rights)
・Lawyers Network for Foreigners
・English Speakling Lawyers List of the Embassies in Japan (US, UK, Australia, etc.)
・Foreign Technical Self-Learning Issues Lawyers Association
・Foreign Labor Attorney
・Medical Affairs Attorney
・Consumer Organization Japan (NPO)

Publications
・Foreign Technical Intern Trainee Legal Support Manual (Foreign Technical Intern Trainee Attorney Liaison Board, Akashi Shoten, 2018).
・“Statement on the Survey Results Regarding Technical Intern Trainees Missing from Trainees” (“Jyuumin To Jichi” Institute for Local Government Affairs, 2019).

Lectures
・“Current Status and Future Prospects of Accepting Foreign Workers” (July 2018, Tokyo Bar Association Summer Training Course).
・“Government’s Policy on Bone 2018 and New Acceptance of Foreigners” (October 2018, Japan Bar Association 61st Human Rights Conference Symposium 1st Working Group).
・“Tokyo Bar Association’s Proposal for Elimination of Racial Discrimination Model Ordinance-Explanation of Points-” (Dec. 2018, exchange meeting with Tokyo Bar Association Foreign Resident Support Organization).
・“Introduction to Foreign Cases” (February 2019, Lawyers Network for Foreigners).
・“System of Accepting Foreign Workers – Institutional issues-” (February 2019, OCNet / Legato Ota).
・“Overview of the “Specific Skills” System and “Comprehensive Measures” (May 2019, Symposium of the Lawyers Network for Foreigners General Assembly).
・“Current Situation of Acceptance by “Specific Skills” and “Practice of Lawyers” (July 2019, Tokyo Bar Association Summer Training Course).

・“Fundamentals of Foreign Cases” (September 2019, Shiga Bar Association).
・“Introduction to Foreign Cases” (January 2020, Shizuoka Prefectural Bar Association).
・“Introduction to Foreign Cases” (February 2020, Lawyers Network for Foreigners).

Msssages
After admitted as an attorney, I have handled cases in a wide range of fields; I have been particularly focused on medical cases (patient side) and foreign cases.
I have been working on public interest issues regarding the acceptance of foreign workers and the realization of a multicultural society that has become a hot topic in recent years.
I believe that the best option to solve the issues clients have is to listen carefully to the client’s voice, discover any issues and help as an expert. I strive to provide my clients with such a service.

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