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Takashi Ito

Career History:
Takashi Ito was admitted to the bar in 2005 and began his career by joining the NFBA’s project to let the rule of law prevail in the area where there are few lawyers accessible to inhabitants. He was chosen as head of Noshiro- Himawari-kikin Law Firm, a public law firm founded by NFBA, and made a great contribution to the public interest. Through this experience, he established his foundation as a public interest lawyer. He was also admitted to the bar in State of Illinois, U.S. in 2016 and expanded his activities to international areas. He handles various kinds of civil cases. Especially in the area of Estate Planning and Tort Law, he has extensive experience and published many books.

Activities:
Legal counseling staff of the Tokyo Bar Association
Legal counseling staff of Itabashi Ward, Tokyo
Member of the Product Liability Ombudsman of Japan
Member of Lawyers' Network for Foreigners (LNF)

Education:
LLB, University of Tokyo (2001)
Visiting Scholar in NYU U.S.-Asia Law Institute, U.S. (2015)

Practice areas:
Estate Planning, Tort Law (traffic accident, product liability), Family Law, Immigration law, Employment Law, and other commercial issues

Languages:
English,Japanese

Yumi Itakura

Career History:
Ms. Itakura commenced her legal studies through self-education while working for a private company after having graduated from university where she majored in international relations. She then passed the Japanese bar examination in 2003. Soon after her registration as an attorney in October, 2005, she became a member of the gender equality committees in the JFBA, and since such time she has devoted herself to alleviating unjustifiable labor problem in the workplace and helping to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against women such as sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence. As a worker's side lawyer, Ms. Itakura has handled numerous employment cases including those involving wrongful dismissal, sexual harassment and work-related discrimination based on sex, sexuality, national, race and other social status. One of the ground-breaking cases that she was involved as the plaintiff's attorney was a case of administrative litigation demanding the payment of workers' compensation to a female victim of sexual harassment. Using this litigation as a turning point, the government amended the requirement and condition of awarding the allowance under the workmen's accident compensation insurance law in order to make it easier for a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace to be designated as suffering from a mental illness. Ms. Itakura's activities as an attorney have not been limited to representing clients before courts, and indeed, she has devoted herself to several other social and legal activities in cooperation with a variety kind of civil right groups.

Activities:
Supporting lawyer for SARC (Sexual Assault Relief Center in Tokyo)
Permanent secretary of the LLAJ (the Labor Lawyers Association of Japan)
Member of the Committee on Gender Equality in the JFBA (2005 - present)

Education:
・Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley Law (Dispatched from Japan Federation of Bar Associations. 2014.6-2015.5)-Targeted Areas for Study and Research on the U.S. Legal System and the civil rights movement for Pay Equality from gender perspective.
・Legal Training and Research Institute of Supreme Court of Japan (Diploma, 2005)
・Tsuda College, Kodaira-city, Tokyo, Japan (Bachelor of International Relations, 1994)

Professional Qualifications:
Admitted to the Bar since 2005 (Daini Tokyo Bar Association)

Practice areas:
Family Law, Immigration law, Wills and Inheritance Law, Employment Law, Personal Injury

Languages:
English,Japanese

Natsumi Fujii

In Preparation

Seiji Yamaura

Career History:
Seiji Yamaura was admitted to the bar in 2009, practiced Civil Laws and Immigration Law in Takasaki Goudou Law Office in Gunma for about 4 years. Since then, he tried to support vulnerable people and foreign nationals in Gunma for them to gain access to justice. Thereafter, he decided to study International Human Rights Law in London in 2013. At the same time, he supported Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Refugees in Serbia and Kosovo in 2013 by joining the activities held by the Japanese NGO. In 2014, he took his Internship in The Commission of Human Rights in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines where typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) ended many lives. After coming back to Japan, he became more eager to assist foreign nationals who need his help as he upholds the belief that access to justice is the right of every individual.

Activities:
Member, Lawyers Network for Foreigners
Member, Japan Young Lawyers Association Attorneys and Academics Section
Member, Labour Lawyers Association of Japan
Member, Japan Lawyers Association for Freedom

Education and Experience:
2001 BA, Education, Waseda University.
2014 LLM (Master of Law), The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Practice Areas:
Family Law, Labour Law, Tort Law, Immigration and Refugee law, Bankruptcy Law, other Civil Laws and Criminal Law

Languages:
Japanese, English

Nahoko Amemiya

In Preparation


Yohei Oda

Career History:
Yohei Oda has practiced many cases of labor law and family law in negotiation, mediation, tribunal and litigation. He has also practiced civil cases in various other fields and criminal cases. Leveraging Spanish and English ability, he handles the cases of people from different countries.

Activities:
Member of Legal Service Joint Center of the Tokyo Bar Association

Education:
The Law School of Kanto Gakuin University, Kanagawa
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo
Faculty of Foreign Languages, Department of Spanish Studies

Practice areas:
Labor law, family law, other civil cases, criminal case

Languages:
English, Japanese