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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 Associations, 2015) and University of Texas School of Law at Austin (LL.M., 2016)


Strategic First Action

What your actions are at the very beginning of the case are possibly the most significant actions you can take to positively affect the outcome. This is why it is so important to consult with a lawyer at the earliest opportunity. If you have any concerns, such as those outlined below, we are here to help.
・I am suspected of a crime and have been called to the police, should I go?
・I run a company and am having trouble with a business partner, where do I begin

     to start resolving the issue?
・I haven't been getting along well with my spouse, and I'm thinking about divorce,

     but how should I proceed? It's so complicated with children and assets.
・My siblings and I recently inherited our father's estate, but we are arguing about

     division of assets, how should we go about solving this problem?
By coming to us, we will listen to any and all concerns you may have, identify the issues that require action, and we will propose our "strategic first actions" to face down any problems, and resolve the matter while consulting with you, our client, every step of the way.  
Please feel free to contact us at any time using the contact information below.
Consultation by phone or email: Free for the first time


Our Team​



Rie Nishida

Admitted to the Bar, 2012 (currently a member of the Tokyo Bar Association)

Admitted to the New York Bar, U.S.A., 2017

Shinjuku International Law Firm (Founder)


Collaborating Lawyer

Tomohiro Kurohara

Admitted to the Bar, 2006 (Currently a member of Miyazaki Bar Association) 
Global Sogo Law Office (Founder)

Chairman of the Committee for the Abolition of the Death Penalty System, Kyushu Federation of Bar Associations

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Matthew Owens​

Graduated from Cambridge University, 2009

Received CELTA, 2009

Passed JLPT(N1), 2017

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Consultation by phone or e-mail:
Free of charge for the first time


Initial meeting remote or in-person:

22,000 yen 

Visitation in detention: 22,000 yen 


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Areas of Practice

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For urgent issues, please contact me by phone.


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: 22,000 yen (or 220 USD)


Civil Litigation / Dispute Resolution 

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


Please feel free to contact me.

First time phone consultation: Free

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

Successfully Completed Cases

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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.


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. 

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 a fee estimate after seeing him or her at a police station or detention center for 22,000 yen (220 USD).

I have already retained an attorney or have a 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.

I have a legal matter but it is not related to a 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 another Japanese lawyer to help you if you like.

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Thank you for visiting the website. Please feel free to contact me by phone 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


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