On February 27th, 2017, Global Community Interaction (GCI) received official approval from the Japan Legal Support Center (Houterasu) for hosting a “designated consulting site for free legal consultations for foreign residents”. Following this designation, GCI will begin free legal consultations for foreign residents on behalf of the Japan Legal Support Center.
Free Legal Consultations (as part of GCI’s monthly meetings)
Location: Tokyo Voluntary Action Center (TVAC) in Iidabashi
Address: 10th Floor, 1-1, Central Plaza, Kaguragashi, Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo (next to Iidabashi train station)
Date and Time: 3rd Friday of every month, from 7 pm to 9 pm; additional monthly session may be held on a Saturday or Sunday depending on interest.
Open to: Foreign residents and their family / friends living in Japan.
Please e-mail or fax us in advance with summary of topic(s) to be discussed and preferred language of communication.
As designees of Japan Legal Support Center’s program, we work closely with our volunteer interpreters and our external judicial scrivener to assist foreign residents on legal matters in Japan. We will protect your privacy by keeping everything discussed strictly confidential.
Reference: Japan Legal Support Center (Houterasu)
Japan Legal Support Center was founded on the back of the Comprehensive Legal Support Act to “provide useful information on Japanese legal system, bar associations and relevant organizations based on your inquiry at no cost.” The Center also covers lawyer and judicial scrivener fees for applicable cases and clients.
Program Organizer: Global Community Interaction (GCI)
GCI is a non-profit organization formed in January 1997. We provide interpretation and other multilingual services to foreign residents and returnees who do not speak Japanese as their first language, covering a wide range of situations from day-to-day situations to disaster and emergency relief.
Partner： Kato Yumiko Judicial Scrivener’s Office
Yumiko Kato is GCI’s official Judicial Scrivener since 2017. Her practice is based in Nakano-Ku, Tokyo, and she specializes in registration of real estate transactions, inheritance, and incorporation for and by foreign residents.