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Shinjuku International 
Law Firm
Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation Lawyer in Tokyo, Japan

My name is Rie Nishida, an English-speaking Japanese lawyer in Tokyo.

I am admitted to practice law in Japan and NY. 

I opened Shinjuku International Law Firm near Shinjuku-Gyoen National Garden in 2021 in hope of serving people from all over the world.

My special focus is in criminal defense and litigation.

If you are looking for an English-speaking Criminal Defense or Civil Litigation lawyer in Japan, I am here for you.

Admitted as a Japanese bengoshi (lawyer) in 2012.Member of the Tokyo Bar Association and the New York Bar. Educated at Hitotsubashi University (JD, 2011), the Legal Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2012) , UC Berkeley (Visiting Fellow from Japan Federation of Bar Association, 2015) and University of Texas School of Law at Austin (LL.M., 2016)

Our Team​

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Rie Nishida

Lawyer

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Tomohiro Kurohara

Collaborating Lawyer

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Matthew Owens​

Paralegal

Areas of Practice

Please feel free to Contact me.
For urgent issues, please contact me by phone.

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Criminal Defense

Has a member of your family, a loved one or a friend been arrested in Japan or do you have any criminal case related matters you wish to discuss?

Please feel free to contact me.

First time phone consultation: Free

First visit at a Police Station: 22,000yen (or 220 USD)

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Civil Litigation / Dispute Resolution 

Do you have any dispute which is potentially litigated under Japanese judicial system? 


Please feel free to contact me.

First time phone consultation: Free

Second consultation: 22,000 yen (220 USD) per an hour

Successfully Completed Cases

Non-indictment in Serious cases

Suspected Bodily injury resulting in death
- Denying Charge
- Result: Non-indictment

Our client was accused of assaulting an acquaintance and causing their death, and was subsequently arrested for suspected bodily injury resulting in death.
After the initial period of confinement of 23 days, our client was re-arrested on a separate charge, in total being confined for over 1 month, during which time they were subjected to continual, exhausting interrogations.
Considering the seriousness of the case, we formed a team to provide legal defense. The lawyers on the case visited the client constantly, to provide advice on how to deal with the harsh interrogations according to how they were progressing.
In addition, after being re-arrested on a separate charge, we lodged an objection with the court because the police were still illegally investigating the original allegation of bodily injury resulting in death, and were able to limit their activities. At the same time, we investigated the true facts relating to the case, and presented documents to the prosecutor which showed that there were alternative causes of death for the victim.
These actions allowed us to obtain a decision of non-indictment from the prosecutor, and our client was freed after getting a suspended sentence for a lesser crime(assault).

Non-indictment in Drug Cases

Suspected Importation of MDMA
-Denying Charge
-Result: Non-indictment

Our client was suddenly arrested after being accused of ordering MDMA to his home address.
There was indeed a package addressed to our client which had been seized by customs and which contained illegal drugs.
We provided our client advice on dealing with the continuing harsh interrogation of the police, and began to investigate the facts of the case ourselves.
After looking into the facts surrounding the case, it was clear that it was highly unreasonable to assume that our client was the kind of person who would order MDMA. (The client had no previous record or criminal history, was working diligently in his job etc.)
We collected supporting evidence and character witness statements from family and work colleagues and submitted them to the prosecutor.
These actions allowed us to obtain a decision of non-indictment, and our client was freed.

FAQ

Question
Should I talk to the police before I consult a lawyer?

Absolutely not, even if you believe you are innocent and have nothing to hide. It is very important to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney before speaking to the police. Going in without an attorney can only put you at a disadvantage, therefore you should never do it. 

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How much does it cost to retain a criminal defense lawyer?

It varies. The fee for each case depends on the amount of work required and the complexity of the work. A first time shoplifting case will have a very different fee than a murder case, for example. To discuss your individual case, please give me a call. If you are contacting me on behalf of someone arrested or detained already, I can provide the fee estimate after seeing him or her at a police station or detention center at  22,000 yen (220 USD).

Question

I have already retained an attorney or have an government appointed attorney, may I still contact you for consultation?

Yes. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the current situation or representation, I am happy to help you.

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I have a legal matter but it is not related to criminal case or civil litigation, can you still help me?

I would be happy to help you. If it turns out that the matter is outside of my areas of expertise, I will do my best to find other Japanese lawyer to help you if you like.

Access & Contact

Thank you for visiting the website. Please feel free to contact me via call or e-mail. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Shinjuku International Law Firm(Keiwa Bldg. 8F, 4-28-15, Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan)

Tel: +815055324059

Fax:+81367337812

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