2017 New Year’s greeting

Happy New Year.

I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for your continued patronage.
Higashimachi finished 2016 with a total of 25 lawyers, with 17 based in our Kobe office, five based in our Tokyo office and three based in our Imabari office. Takuya Murao transferred from Kobe to Imabari to replace Makoto Matsumiya, who is currently studying at England’s Southampton University. Also, Kazuya Yamashita, who had been on secondment to the Ministry of Justice since 2014, returned to our firm and transferred from Kobe to Tokyo. Read the rest of this entry >

Report on IPBA Annual Conference

By Takuya Murao

This is a report on the IPBA annual conference held in Hong Kong from May 6th to 9th, 2015 which 7 members of our law firm attended.

 1 What is IPBA

IPBA is an acronym for Inter-Pacific Bar Association which is an association of lawyers who practice in the Asia-Pacific region.  The annual conference of IPBA has become a big event held once every year in a region in the Asia-Pacific where lawyers gather from not only the Asia-Pacific region but also from other regions around the world including regions such as Europe and South America.

Members of our firm have been attending the IPBA annual conferences since the Kyoto conference in 2011 and every attendance has been a valuable opportunity for us to meet and interact with lawyers form other regions.
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A report on Higashimachi’s activities for 2011

By Yoshihiro Uetani*

Happy New Year!

I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for your continued patronage.

At the beginning of last year, our second year as a corporation, we welcomed Mr. Kazuhiro Watanabe, Ms. Natsuki Taira and Mr. Takuya Murao into our office. With 16 lawyers at our Kobe office, 4 in Tokyo and 2 in Imabari, we have been working to provide a more extensive and flexible legal service over a wider area.

Dr. Takashi Maruta, who joined us six years ago and was instrumental in the advancement of office’s globalization initiative, has left us to set up his own private practice. We intend to continue to enjoy his cooperation with us in our office’s international affairs.
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Special Announcement: Emergency Help Line

Higashimachi LPC

As a Law Office which experienced the Great Hanshin Earthquake, we would like to offer legal advice, without charge, in English to any foreign nationals in Japan who have been affected by the recent 2011 Great Tohoku Kanto Earthquake.

  • Consultation should be confined to legal matters relating to the 2011 Great Tohoku Kanto Earthquake.
  • Responses may be delayed in the event that we receive too many at one time.
  • We can only respond to inquiries via email. (help-line@higashimachi.jp)


Please note that this is an emergency service, which is limited in scope and intended for reference purposes only; we therefore cannot accept any responsibility or liability.

Please feel free to contact us at any time.

A report on Higashimachi’s activities for 2010

By Yoshihiro Uetani*

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for your continued patronage.

On June 1, 2010, Higashimachi Law Office was incorporated, changing its name to Higashimachi LPC, and our Tokyo branch was opened. Following that, on December 28, we opened our Imabari branch. Furthermore, at the same time we were also joined in this new enterprise by veteran lawyers, Mr. Yousuke Tanaka and Mr. Takashi Aihara. We also hired Mr. Kazuya Yamashita in September.

With our three offices, in Kobe, Tokyo and Imabari, we are now able to provide a more extensive and flexible legal service.
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