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Japan: Corporate Immigration 2016

Japan is under increasing pressure to accept more immigrants as its workforce shrinks. Government data released in November 2015 showed the number of workers in Japan is projected to fall by 7.9 million to 55.61 million in 2030. Despite this, prime minister Shinzo Abe ruled out any significant changes to Japan’s approach to immigration at the UN general assembly in New York in September 2015. With calls for Japan to help ease the refugee crisis in Europe, the debate looks set to continue. Five Gyōsei shoshi (administrative lawyers) and one bengoshi stand out in the market for their exceptional level of service.

Two practitioners are highly recommended at the boutique Nakai Immigration Services. Managing partner Masahito Nakai is “incredibly knowledgeable” and has an excellent portfolio of clients including numerous Fortune 500 companies. Bernhard Michio Flasar enjoys a “great reputation” among peers for his “excellent attention to detail”.

At Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, bengoshi Saneaki Ichijo is of counsel to the firm and advises on immigration matters for foreign and domestic clients. He has extensive experience and he is “relied upon for the more complex cases”, according to peers.

Murai Immigration Law Office is represented by Yutaka Murai who specialises in advising on Japanese and US visas. He is “ever the professional” and “a go-to source for the most up-to-date advice”.

Hachiro Noto at H&A Noto Legal Office has worked with foreign applicants for Japanese visas across a range of industries including interior designers, IT engineers and staff at Japanese/foreign affiliated companies. He is authorised as an immigration specialist and is “much admired” in the market.

At ILS Shimoda Office, Yoshio Shimoda provides “valuable advice” to clients in relation to their immigration needs. He is also a gyosei-shoshi lawyer and conducts his cases “with the utmost attention to detail and care for his clients”. 

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