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    Legal support for an asylum seeker resulting in recognition as a refugee by the Ministry of Justice

Leading Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi regularly provides pro bono legal support for asylum seekers seeking refugee status in Japan. In December 2023, one of the asylum seekers we provided legal support was granted refugee status.
We were involved in this case from the request for administrative review phase, which is the second stage of the refugee recognition procedure, and according to Immigration Services Agency data, the number of cases in which refugee status is granted at this stage is only 0.28% of the total requests for administrative review.

The Nishimura & Asahi team advising the asylum seekers was led by partner Takeshi Nemoto and Yuki Tashiro.


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Takeshi has handled many complex M&A transactions and provides sincere advice to his clients. He has extensive experience in M&A-related disputes, and is well versed in the various issues facing companies with founding family shareholders. In recent years, he has been involved in many cases involving business and human rights, impact investing, and advises companies from the perspective of sustainability. He is also actively involved in pro bono work and is one of the most experienced in Japan.