Suhyon—Education and Experience with Law
Suhyon Kim graduated from Keio University with a Bachelor of Law degree. He then attended Hitotsubashi Law School. In December of 2007, he became a registered attorney and soon after, he began working at Higashi Sakura Law Office. There, he worked on many different kinds of legal cases and gained a wide range of experience working in civil law, criminal law, and corporate law. In January of 2011, Suhyon began working at a new firm called Tokyo Public Law Office for Foreign Nationals and International Service Section. There, his work primarily consisted of providing legal assistance to foreigners and working to ensure that foreigners would have greater access to legal aid. From May of 2013 to August of 2015, Suhyon worked at UC Berkeley in California as a visiting scholar. While working there, he worked on researching US immigration law. In February of 2017, Suhyon began his own law office, Hiroo Park Law Firm.
Suhyon currently holds the distinctive title of Vice-President of the Tokyo Bar Association’s Committee on the Protection of Foreigners’ Human Rights. He has also co-written two published books: “Legal Consultation for Foreign Nationals” and “Beginner’s Guide to Providing Legal Assistance to Foreign Nationals in Japan.” He also wrote an article called “The Arrival of Pirate Ships” for Liberty and Justice, a journal published by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.
Kosuke Oie —Education and Experience with Law
Kosuke graduated from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo with a Bachelor of Law. He was an exchange student from the university to the Grande École of HEC Paris, France, for one school year. He then attended Hitotsubashi University Law School. In December of 2010, he became a registered attorney and began working at Oki Law Office in Yokohama, Kanagawa. There, he worked on a wide variety of cases and gained significant range of experience with corporate law, civil law, criminal law, and public interest law (involving providing legal assistance to and advocating for children and foreign nationals, in particular.) In May of 2015, he began working for Tokyo Public Law Office, Foreign Nationals and International Service Section. There, he provided legal assistance to foreigners and worked to ensure that foreigners would have greater access to justice. In June of 2017, Kosuke joined Suhyon as an attorney at Hiroo Park Law Firm.
Kosuke holds the distinction of serving as a Vice President of the Kanto Federation of Bar Associations’ committee for the rights of foreign nationals. He also serves as a project team member on the Japan Federation of Bar Associations’ Human Rights Protection Committee. He works for the JFBA as an officer at Office of International Affairs. Additionally, he is the President of the Tokyo Bar Association’s Committee on the Protection of Foreigners’ Rights. He is also a member of LAWASIA. He is also active as a member of various lawyers’ groups for foreign nationals in Japan, including Lawyers’ Network for Foreigners, Lawyers for Trafficked Victims and Lawyers’ Network for Foreign Trainees.
Kosuke has written several books, mainly on legal practice for foreign nationals in Japan, including a guidebooks on practices of employment of foreign nationals and Technical Intern Training Program. He contributed various articles for newspapers and magazines including the Japan Times, South China Morning Post and Nikkei Asian Review. He appeared TV programmes as a commentator on the situation surrounding foreign workers in Japan. He also wrote an academic paper called “Civil Remedies for Victims of Trafficking in Persons in Japan” for “Research on the Specialty Practice” of Yokohama Bar Association in 2015. He was a contributor for a working paper “Assessing Access to Justice for Thai Migrant Workers in Japan” developed by Justice Without Borders for the Institute of Developing Economies of JETRO. He has been invited to speak at many seminars and panel discussions, including JICA and U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
Kosuke speaks English, Japanese and French. Il parle français.
Rie Nishida —Education and Experience with Law
Admitted as a Japanese bengoshi (lawyer) in 2012, Rie is a member of the Daini Tokyo Bar Association and the New York Bar. She was educated at the Hitotsubashi University, the Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of Law (JD), and the Legal Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2012).
Rie also studied at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Law as a visiting fellow from the Japan Federation of Bar Associations from 2015 to 2016, where she focused on criminal defense and capital punishment. Moreover, in 2017, Rie obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Law, where she had focused on the areas of defense and capital punishment at the university’s Capital Punishment Clinic.
Rie specializes in the areas of criminal defense and dispute resolution. She started her career at a boutique law firm that focused on these fields. During her career she has taken on a variety of criminal defense cases at the investigation, trial, and appeal phases as well as retrials. She has represented clients facing a variety of charges, including narcotics possession, bodily injury resulting death, white collar crimes, and robbery. Rie has also represented both companies and individuals in an array of civil ligation cases.
After obtaining her LL.M. in the United States and being admitted to the New York State Bar Association, Rie returned to Tokyo where she worked for Japanese law firm Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo, which specializes in providing multi-national clients with legal services in the areas of Japanese labour law, dispute resolution, and corporate matters. The areas she focused on at this firm ranged from employment litigation and general commercial litigation issues to regulatory investigations for foreign clients.
Rie, who is a member of the Death Penalty Due Process Review Project, has also been actively engaged in trying to reform death penalty laws in Japan. As a member of the project, which is made up of lawyers and scholars concerned about implementation of the death penalty in Japan as well as about other aspects of the Japanese criminal justice system, Rie has also represented death row inmates in their retrials.
In 2020, Rie joined the Hiroo Park Law Firm.
Rie is willing to provide legal services to international clients in the areas of criminal defense and dispute resolution.
For urgent criminal defense-related issues, please contact Rie via telephone at 050-5450-9431 (from inside Japan) or +81 (0)50 5532 4059 (from overseas). You can also reach out to her per email under: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yohei Oda —Education and Experience with Law
Yohei Oda graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Second Course in European and American Studies, Spanish major. He graduated from Kanto Gakuin University Law School. Then he became a registered attorney in December of 2014 and after working in a law firm in Tokyo, joined Tokyo Public Law Office for Foreign Nationals and International Service Section. There, he provided legal service for foreign nationals and worked hard to protect the rights of people from various countries, using English and Spanish. In November of 2020, Yohei joined the Hiroo Park Law Firm.
Yohei writes articles on various topics in magazines for foreigners living in Japan such as Japan Times, Mercado Latino and Kyodai. He wrote articles related to labor problems, divorce,
defamation on the internet, criminal case etc. Yohei also held seminars for embassy staffs in English and Spanish, and gave a lecture on basic knowledge about criminal cases.
Yohei belongs to the Foreign Residents Subcommittee in the Legal Service Joint Center of the Tokyo Bar Association, and is also involved in legal support for foreign residents in Japan.