Expand Your Business in JAPAN

Legal Services Provided by English-speaking Business Lawyer

Kensuke Hamada, Attorney at Law

About Me

I, Kensuke Hamada, born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan, have built a solid foundation in the legal profession with 15 years of experience as a lawyer. My focus has been primarily on corporate law, which has allowed me to gain an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of business law and the legal requirements for companies operating in Japan.

I have worked with many clients, particularly those with foreign executives. This has given me a unique perspective on the legal issues they face in Japan. I provide customized legal solutions to help them navigate business complexities.

Our office is located near the heart of Fukuoka city. It is easily reachable and we look forward to welcoming you to our space. If you are in need of legal assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us via the Contact Form. I look forward to working with you.

I am: Kensuke HAMADA, attorney at law (Mr.)
Bachelor's degree (University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law)
Juris Doctor (Kobe University, Graduate School of Law)
Admitted to the bar in 2008. 
Partner at Yamagami International Law Offices (Fukuoka Office) 
Language: Japanese and English
Currently a member of the The Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) and Fukuoka Bar Association (FBA).
I am also the founding member of the "Project Team for Legal Support of Overseas Expansion for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises", established within the Fukuoka Bar Association. 

Services Offered

Let me introduce the main services I offer for clients who speak English.

1. Legal Advisory Service

Running a business can be challenging, particularly when it comes to navigating the legal landscape. Even if you have successfully started a business in Fukuoka, legal challenges may arise along the way. As a trusted corporate lawyer, we are here to support you through any legal issues that may come up. Our corporate legal services are provided under a Monthly Retainer Agreement. While we are able to offer our services entirely in English, there are not many law firms in Fukuoka that can do the same. The scope of our corporate lawyer services includes the following:

Legal consultationYou can consult with us through methods convenient for you, such as in-person meetings, phone calls, emails, online-meeting platforms, online-chat, and more.
Collection of debtWe support the swift collection of outstanding debts by sending a registered letter of demand, among other measures for negotiation.
Contract drafting and reviewWe have extensive experience in drafting and reviewing contracts, and we are able to handle contracts written in English as well.
Labor IssuesSupport for complying with Japan's complex labor laws and preventing or resolving issues with your employees.
Protection of intellectual propertyAdvice on intellectual property rights acquisition and protection.
Note: Representation in litigation, mediation and arbitration is not included in this service.

Fee schedule for Monthly Retainer Agreement:

PlansBase Monthly FeeBase Working Hours Per MonthAdditional Charge
(Hourly Rate)
Regularly occurring cost every monthThe time included in the Base Monthly FeeTime charge incurred for additional work beyond the base working hours
The price includes consumption tax (VAT).

Collection of Debt & Damages

Do you have any payments you wish to claim from Japanese companies or individuals? I can assist you in debt collection as your agent. Furthermore, when initiating formal legal procedures, it is crucial to consider which country's court system to use. This is because considerations must be made for issues regarding international jurisdiction and the execution of final enforcement proceedings. In many cases, pursuing legal action in Japan can be more advantageous when dealing with Japanese entities or individuals, compared to initiating a lawsuit in your country. Please contact me for more information.

Assistance for Foreign Lawyers

We can act as a local representative when a foreign lawyer negotiates with a party in Japan. We can investigate the operational status and asset information of the opposing company using tools and services available only within Japan. If you are a lawyer and interested in collaboration, please get in touch.

Compliance Review

If you plan to do business in Japan, it's important to ensure that your business plan complies with Japanese laws, regulations and guidelines. For instance, flying drones is heavily restricted in certain areas of Japan. Moreover, some industries are subject to foreign investment regulations. We can assist you by checking the legality of your business plan in advance and helping you to conduct business in accordance with Japanese law.

Business plan compliance review: JPY110,000 and up (depending on the difficulty and amount of work)

Contact Us

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    ✅ Yamagami International Law Offices (Fukuoka Office)

    ✅ Koenoki Bldg 4F, 1-3-14 Maizuru, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan

    ✅ 5-minute walk from Akasaka Station (Fukuoka City Subway, Airport Line)

    ✅ 10-minute walk from Tenjin Station (Fukuoka City Subway, Airport Line)

    ✅ Office hours: Mon-Fri 9:00~12:00 / 13:00~17:30

    ✅ 092-739-2388 (For international calls: +81-92-739-2388)