Japan has a civil law system which is based on Germany’s legal system. Given that it is one of the world’s largest economies, Japan has a relatively small legal profession which in 2007 numbered 23,133 lawyers. Its legal market is centred in Tokyo, where all of the top Japanese law firms and Japan's highest court are located.

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Incoming visit from Dai Ichi Bar 4-5 July

The Law Society will be welcoming an incoming visit by the Dai Ichi Bar (Tokyo Bar) between 4-5 July.

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Doing legal business in Japan

The report provides an overview of the legal profession, the legal services market and the regulations for foreign lawyers and law firms.

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Your contact for this region is Donna Evans

Donna Evans

International Policy Adviser: North Asia and the Pacific