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Attorneys in the Sapporo/Hokkaido Area

(As of August 2011)

The following is a list of attorneys in the consular district of the U.S. Consulate General in Sapporo.

Follow this link for lists of Attorneys in other part of Japan.

The American Consulate General in Sapporo's Consular District comprises Hokkaido and the four northernmost prefectures of Honshu - Akita, Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi. Lists of attorneys in other parts of Japan may be obtained from the Consular Sections of the American Embassy in Tokyo, Consulate in Nagoya, Consulate General in Osaka, Consulate in Fukuoka, and Consulate General in Naha.

Note: If names from this list are published in any form, the following disclaimer should be included:

"These names have been furnished by the Consulate General of the United States of America, Sapporo, Japan. American consular officers at any foreign post will, upon request, furnish a similar list of attorneys to any firm or individual."

The American Consulate General in Sapporo assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons or firms whose names appear in the list given below. The names listed are arranged alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance.

This list does not include all attorneys authorized to practice in Hokkaido, Akita, Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi. Rather, it is a list of lawyers who have expressed a willingness to accept American clients. Most of the listed attorneys can read English, but not all have oral proficiency in English. There are no American lawyers practicing in this consular district.

Explanation of Letter Designations

(a) Date of birth
(b) Areas of specialization
(c) Education:
      LL.B. - Bachelor of Laws
      LL.M. - Master of Laws
      J.D. - Doctor of Jurisprudence
(d) Bar Association membership
(e) Competence in foreign language



AWAO, Takeshi
Office: Awao Law Office
4th F Awao Bldg., Kita 17-jo Nishi 2-chome, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0017
Tel (011) 737-3077; Fax (011) 737-3078
(a) July 11, 1956, Sapporo
(b) Civil and criminal law
(c) Waseda University, LL.B., 1982
(d) Sapporo Bar Association
(e) English

Office: Nire Law Offices
5th Floor Harada Bldg., Kita 1-jo Nishi 10-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 060-0001
Tel (011) 271-2258; Fax (011) 261-4631; E-mail
(a) May 1, 1945, Hirosaki
(b) Civil cases - real estate, divorce
(c) Meiji University, LL. B., 1969
(d) Sapporo Bar Association, 1975
(e) English

KATO, Takeharu
Office: Hokkaido Hibiki Law Office
Sapporo North Plaza 8F, 2-2, Kita 1-jo Nishi 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 060-0001
Tel (011) 218-0111; Fax (011) 218-0115; E-mail
(a) December 21, 1973
(b) Family law, criminal law, labor law
(c) Kyoto University, LL. B.
(d) Sapporo Bar Association
(e) English

SAITO, Takahiro
Office: Yuzo Saito Law Office
Odori Nishi Bldg. 3F, Odori Nishi 15-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 060-0042
Tel (011) 641-0433; Fax (011) 641-0466
(b) Not specified
(d) Sapporo Bar Association
(e) English

SHIBAIKE, Toshiteru
Office: Hokkaido Hibiki Law Office
Sapporo North Plaza 8F, 2-2, Kita 1-jo Nishi 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 060-0001
Tel (011) 218-0111; Fax (011) 218-0115; E-mail
(a) July 7, 1976
(b) Family law, criminal law, labor law
(c) University of Essex, UK, LL.M.; University of Tokyo, LL.B.
(d) Sapporo Bar Association
(e) English

TANAKA, Hiroshi
Office: Tanaka Law Office
10th F Odori Haimu, Kita 1-jo Nishi 15-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 060-0001
Tel (011) 611-2771; Fax (011) 641-6438
(a) July 30, 1946, Otaru
(b) All civil cases except anti-trust matters. Specializes in personal injury, estates and divorce
(c) Hokkaido University, LL.B., 1971
(d) Sapporo Bar Association, 1975
(e) English


KANEKO, Toshiharu
Office: Kaneko Law Office
Villa Rodosu, Miyashita-dori 11 Hidari 4-go, Asahikawa 070-0030
Tel (0166) 22-5671; Fax (0166) 26-5641
(a) Jan. 4, 1937, Asahikawa
(b) Civil and criminal law
(d) Sapporo Bar Association, 1973; Asahikawa Bar Association, 1975
(e) English

KONDO, Nobuo
Office: Mt. Asahi Law Office
Iwasaki Bldg. 687-1, 3-jo Dori 2-chome, Asahikawa 070-0033
Tel (0166) 29-3158; Fax (0166) 29-0300
(a) Sep. 4, 1956
(b) Not specified
(c) Hokkaido Univeersity, Faculty of Science
(d) Asahikawa Bar Association
(e) English


YAMAZAKI, Toshiyuki

Office: Toshiyuki Yamazaki Law Office
8-17, Fujimi 1-chome, Kushiro 085-0832
Tel (01540 44-1188; Fax (0154) 44-1144
(a) October 31, 1964
(b) Civil and criminal cases
(c) Waseda University, LL.B.
(d) Kushiro Bar Association
(e) English



Office: Fujita Law Office
2nd F Honma Bldg., Horikawa-cho 6-17, Hakodate 040-0025
Tel (0138) 31-0160; Fax (0138) 31-0161
(a) Nov. 17, 1947, Fukushima
(b) Civil & criminal law
(c) Keio University, LL.B
(d) Hakodate Bar Association
(e) Limited English

Note: In the Tohoku Region, currently no English-speaking attorneys are listed in Aomori and Iwate prefectures.


KIMURA, Tetsuya
Office: Hachinohe City Law Office
N Bldg. 3F Room A, Uchimaru 1-6-24, Hachinohe 031-0075
Tel (0178) 38-9225; Fax (0178) 38-9230
(a) February 19, 1983
(b) Civil and criminal law
(c) J.D.
(d) Aomori Bar Association
(e) Assists by providing an interpreter

KONISHI, Hiroaki
Office: Hachinohe Chuo Law Office
Wind Bldg 301, 2-7, Nejo 6-chome, Hachinohe 039-1166
Tel (0178) 38-8102; Fax (0178) 71-1129; E-mail
(a) March 24, 1973
(b) Auto accidents, debts
(c) Tohoku University
(d) Aomori Bar Association
(e) Assists by providing an interpreter


SHIRASAWA, Tsunekazu 
Office: Shirasawa Law Office
Sasamichi 6-ban, Honjo 015-0073
Tel (0184) 24-3701; Fax (0184) 23-5377
(a) March 14, 1948
(b) Civil and estate law
(c) Tokyo University, LL.B.
(d) Akita Bar Association
(e) English


The Iwate Bar Association may provide names of competent attorneys upon request:

Iwate Bar Association (Iwate Bengoshi-kai)
Iwate-ken Sangyo Kaikan Honkan
2-1, Odori 1-chome
Morioka 020-0022
Ph (019) 651-5095


ITO, Tsuneyuki
Office: Tsuneyuki Ito Law Office
Daia Palace Itsutsubashi 203, Itsutsubashi 2-10-13, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0022
Tel (022) 716-5780; Fax (022) 716-5781; E-mail
(a) May 21, 1954
(b) Bancruptcy, divorce, criminal cases
(c) Shizuoka University
(d) Sendai Bar Association
(e) English

KISAKA, Naofumi
Office: Miyabe-Kisaka Law Office
Ichiban-cho 2-10-26-402, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980- 0811
Tel (022) 399-6483; Fax (022) 399-6482
(a) September 9, 1975
(b) Civil and criminal cases, intellectual property rights
(c) Kyoto University
(d) Sendai Bar Association
(e) Assists by providing an interpreter

MAEDA, Seiya
Office: Seiya Maeda Law Office
Ever-I Katahiracho Bldg. 6F, 5-20 Katahira 1-chome, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980- 0812
Tel (022) 395-9925; Fax (022) 395-9926
(a) October 13, 1980
(b) Criminal cases, personal debts, construction, lease of real estate, labor, others
(c) Tohoku University, LL.B.
(d) Sendai Bar Association
(e) Assists by providing an interpreter

OKAZAKI, Teietsu
Office: Okazaki Law Office
1-bancho 2-11-12-603, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0811
Tel (022) 223-4861; Fax (022) 262-0782
(a) April 8, 1949, Yamabe, Yamagata
(b) Civil and criminal cases
(c) LL.M.
(d) Sendai Bar Association
(e) English

Office: Onoda Law Office
Misumi Bldg. 301, Aza Minami 38-1, Ogawara-machi, Shibata-gun, Miyagi-ken 989-1243
Tel (0224) 51-3377; Fax (0224) 51-3378
(a) March 4, 1952
(b) Not specified
(c) Meiji University, LL.B.
(d) Sendai Bar Association
(e) Assists by providing an interpreter

OYAMADA, Kazuhiko
Office: Oyamada Law Office
Layton Bldg. 4th floor, Omachi 2-3-11, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0804
Tel (022) 714-8088; Fax (022) 714-8087; E-mail
(a) September 16, 1963
(b) Civil, commercial, criminal laws
(c) National University of Singapore, MCL; University of Tokyo, LLB
(d) Sendai Bar Association
(e) English

SHOJI, Tomoya
Office: Kenji Kamada Law Office
Kosai-mae Bldg. 5F, 17-24, Ichiban-cho 1-chome, Aoba-ku, Sendai
Tel (022) 225-4929; Fax (022) 225-4950
(b) International family law, civil and criminal cases
(c) J.D.
(d) Sendai Bar Association
(e) Assists by providing an interpreter


Hokkaido Federation of Bar Associations (Hokkaido Bengoshi-kai Rengou-kai)
Sapporo Bengoshi Kaikan 7F
Kita 1-jo Nishi 10-chome
Chuo-ku, Sapporo 060-0001
Ph 011-281-2428

Aomori Bar Association (Aomori-ken Bengoshi-kai)
Nisseki Bldg. 5F
3-1, Nagashima 1-chome
Aomori 030-0861
Ph (017) 777-7285

Akita Bar Association (Akita Bengoshi-kai)
2-7, Sanno 6-chome
Akita 010-0951
Ph (0188) 62-3770

Iwate Bar Association (Iwate Bengoshi-kai)
Iwate-ken Sangyo Kaikan Honkan
2-1, Odori 1-chome
Morioka 020-0022
Ph (019) 651-5095

Sendai Bar Association (Sendai Bengoshi-kai)
9-18, 1 ban-cho 2-chome, Aoba-ku
Sendai 980-0811
Ph (022) 223-100


Sapporo Family Court
Odori Nishi 11-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 060-0042
Tel (011) 221-7281

Asahikawa Family Court
Hanasaki-cho 4-chome, Asahikawa 070-8641
Tel (0166) 51-6251

Kushiro Family Court
Kashiwagi-cho 4-7, Kushiro 085-0824
Tel (0154) 41-4171

Hakodate Family Court
Kami-Shinkawa-cho 1-8, Hakodate 040-8602
Tel (0138) 42-2151

Aomori Family Court
3-26, Nagashima 1-chome, Aomori 030-8523
Tel (017) 722-5351

Akita Family Court
1-1, Sannou 7-chome, Akita 010-8504
Tel (018) 824-3121

Morioka Family Court
Uchimaru 9-1, Morioka 020-8520
Tel (019) 622-3165

Sendai Family Court
Katahira 1-6-1, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0805
Tel (022) 222-4165