The Tokyo Public Law Office on Monday opened a branch office specifically to offer legal assistance for foreigners. It is the first such office to open in Japan.
The office, which is in Mita, Minato Ward, is staffed by six lawyers who can provide legal assistance in English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish, it said on its website. For other languages, the office will call on interpreting assistance from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
Up until now, the "Foreigners and International Service Section of Tokyo Public Law Office" in Toshima Ward, which was established in November 2010, has been the sole legal consultation provider for foreigners living in Japan. Since its opening, officials said the office has handled more than 700 cases.
The office said demand for consultation is increasing over labor, visa and divorce issues, Sankei Shimbun reported, so the decision was made to open a new office in Minato Ward which has a large population of foreigners.
To contact the office, call 03-6809-6200.© Japan Today