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Manual on Application for Approval and Designation and Application Forms

Manual on Application for Approval and Designation

NOTE : The manual including the amendment Foreign Lawyers Act effective in August 2020 will be updated sometime later.
NOTE : Amendments to the Basic Rules for Duties of Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi etc. of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations(JFBA) came into force from April 1, 2018, introducing certain requirements for registering as Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi with the JFBA for foreign lawyers who belong to a law firm or other organisations providing legal services outside Japan. If you belong to such law firm or organisations outside Japan, please read the " Infomation on ABS and Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi " available at the JFBA website prior to submitting the application for approval to the Ministry of Justice. For further inquiries, please contact the JFBA (Tel 03-3580-9741).

Application Forms for Approval and Designation, etc.

Application Forms and Personal Statement

Sworn Statements

Reference Forms

Nortification Forms


NOTE : You need to attach a Japanese translation, if any of your supporting documents is written in a foreign language.
The translation needs to contain 1) the translator's name, 2) the date of translation, and 3) the statement to the effect that he or she has faithfully translated the original, for example, attach the following sentences, etc. in Japanese at the end: "I hereby certify that this document is, to the best of my knowledge and belief, a true, accurate and complete translation.[Date][Position][Name]".

Obligation of Notifications

You must notify the Minister of Justice of any changes to specific matters after obtaining the approval for a registered foreign lawyer.

The Ministry of Justice

1-1-1 Kasumigaseki,Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo 100-8977,Japan
TEL:+81-(0)3-3580-4111
JCN 1000012030001 (JCN:Japan Corporate Number)

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