Justice is in Our Hearts—Toward
Our 100th Anniversary: A History of Trust and Endeavor
Nagawa-Okamura Law Firm was founded in 1917 and has been one of Japan’s leading law firms for 100 years.
I am the firm’s fourth managing partner, succeeding Kanichi Nagawa, Yasuo Nagawa and Ryoichi Okamura.
Through these four generations the firm has specialized in litigation
and court cases and has consistently provided highly advanced legal services.
Our firm has handled numerous cases of historical importance,
including the Teijin Scandal, Showa Denko Incident, Shipbuilding Scandal and Haneda Airport Incident.
And today, in the midst of the Internet driven information revolution,
when securing and utilizing intellectual property has become an important aspect of companies’
international strategy, we have established a system for the integrated management of intellectual property such as patents,
trademarks and copyrights on an international basis, from filing to infringement prevention,
through an alliance formed in 2006 with international patent firm Kohno & Co.
We also continue to enhance our international sensibility and acumen by sending attorneys overseas
for training every year and participating in the annual meetings of the International Trademark Association (INTA)
and International Bar Association (IBA).
In addition, our firm not only engages in traditional litigation but also works toward the speedy
and just resolution of issues and cases in the areas of labor management,
corporate law and civil affairs, drawing on the latest legal theories and practices.
We will continue to innovate our practice in order to further our standing as a law firm
that consistently meets the expectations of our clients. Our door is always open.
Please feel free to enter.
According to the philosophy of all for clients (all for the client),
by protecting the legitimate interests of the client, supporting the development of school
education and the sound economic activities of the company,
it is possible to create a fair and creative society We will contribute to the development.
First Generation 【1917～194３】
Member of the House of Representatives
Vice Minister of the Ministry of Railways
President of the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association
One of seven courageous representatives to oppose on the floor of the House of Representatives on March 7,1940 a resolution to remove Takao Saito as a member of the House for a speech he had given on February 2,1940 denouncing the milirary.
This action has been praised as an exemplar of constitutional governance.
Second Generation 【1944～1974】
Acting Chairman of the National Pubilc Safety Commission
Meiji University Executive Trustee
Tokyo College if Music Chairman of the Board
President of the TOkyo Bar Association
Turmed down appointment to the Tokyo Hifh Court as chief judga in 1958
out of an uncompromising commitment to private practice.
Possessed a broad network of connnections in goverment and industry.
Served for 10 years as chairman of the National Public Safety Commission,
helping Japan preserve peace and public order.
Meiji University Executive Trustee
Tokyo College of Music Chairman of the Board
Japan Legal Aid Association Chairman
Studied under Yukio Ozaki, revered in Japan as the “Father of the Japanese Constitution,” while still at Kawagoe Junior High School, and while campaigning with him criticized the military government. Laid the foundation for strengthening legal aid in Japan and also in his later years made a major contribution to the development of higher education.
Nagawa-Okamura Law Firm
5-13-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Toranomon 40MT Building 5th Floor
- Firm founded by Kanichi Nagawa in Tokyo’s Ginza district
- Yasuo Nagawa appointed second-generation managing partner
- Offices relocated to the Nagatacho Hoso Building in Tokyo’s Akasaka district
- Ryoichi Okamura appointed third-generation managing partner
- Katsutoshi Suzuki appointed fourth-generation managing partner
- Offices relocated to the firm’s current location in Tokyo’s Toranomon district
- Business alliance formed with patent attorneys Kohno & Co.
- Organizational status changed to legal professional corporation
School legal affairs, corporate legal affairs, labor management, civil intervention violence, intellectual property rights, medical litigation general civil affairs, company regeneration arrangement
Lawyer 16 people Paralegal 10 people Clerk 1 person
November 20, 1917