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公益活動

本所係以基本使命「法治」為基礎,以實現社會正義並創造繁榮、公平公正的社會,進行提供各類公益活動。

本所律師發揮專業見解和專業技能,為從事社會公益活動但缺乏財務基礎的團體組織提供免費或低報酬的法律諮詢服務(即「公益法律服務」)。具體而言有:(1) 製作合約範本、審核內部規章;(2) 勞動法、著作權法、個人資料保護法、行業法規等一般法律諮詢;(3)日本國外法律制度調查、報告書的審核與翻譯;(4) 製作並提交修改法律的請願書;(5) 協助難民身分申請;(6) 支援非營利法人投資社會事業;(7) 法律教育活動等。一般而言,主要服務對象為非營利組織(NPO)、公益社團法人、公益財團法人、非營利一般法人等財務基礎欠佳的法人和團體。至於可否提供公益法律服務,將依據具體情況各別判斷。

獲獎 Awards & Rankings

  • One of the leading local firms in Japan, Nishimura & Asahi provides top drawer expertise across key areas of practice, including banking, capital markets, corporate/M&A and dispute resolution. The firm is regularly involved in the highest-profile corporate and financing deals in the jurisdiction and provides impressively broad and deep top tier capabilities across competition, real estate, insurance and projects and energy mandates. Bringing to bear in-depth local Japanese legal prowess, the group also leverages cross-jurisdictional expertise from its overseas offices across South East Asia, the Greater China region and further afield in New York and Dusseldorf. The group has substantial experience of representing blue-chip Japanese and international companies from the technology, chemicals, electronics, automotive and pharmaceutical industries in major M&A deals and further prowess is offered across the full spectrum of banking mandates, with the team evidencing strong expertise in asset and acquisition finance. The firm’s market leading litigation capabilities are complemented by its rapidly growing reputation in the international arbitration space. Interviewees provide strong endorsement for the service offered, praising the group’s “pragmatic approach,” and noting: “Not only are matters sufficiently addressed from the legal perspective, their advice is always practical and provides solutions in order for the client to make important decisions.” Clients also respect the teams’ habit of leaving no stone unturned in their search for solutions, as one source notes: “They investigate and deep-dive into the issues from multiple angles and are also conscious of the financial and commercial aspects.

    Chambers, Outstanding Firm for Pro Bono (Asia Pacific 2021)
  • In Japan, where only a small number of sea otters remain in the wild, nearly all prefectures have witnessed the collapse of coastal kelp forests. Japanese non-profit Rakkotai/Mobile Sea Otter (MSO) is working to address this. They aim to restore and conserve Japanese kelp forests and work to counteract the effects of climate change. MSO came up with the innovative idea to work with local fishermen, diving shops and volunteer divers to cull overgrazing sea urchins that deplete kelp forests, as otters do by eating the sea urchins in other parts of the world. As Japanese fishery laws can be challenging to navigate, TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal service, connected MSO with the law firm Nishimura & Asahi. Their free legal advice helped MSO to obtain the correct work permits and develop volunteer agreements for divers. “Due to our pro bono work, MSO has been able to conduct its activities legally and with proper risk protection. Our pro bono work also contributes to the prevention of global warming and the promotion of marine biodiversity,” said Nemoto Takeshi, Partner at Nishimura & Asahi. “The lawyers at Nishimura & Asahi explained the background knowledge about fishery law in Japan, which tremendously helped with our understanding of this situation. As our volunteer activity involves scuba-diving, which can be considered a high-risk activity, creating a legally valid volunteer agreement was essential. Professional advice on various small details catered to our own specific organisation and activities was really helpful and allowed us to work with volunteers to conduct marine environment restoration work confidently,” said Rakkotai/Mobile Sea Otter (MSO).

    Thomson Reuters Foundation, TrustLaw Innovation Award (2020)
  • Takeshi has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the promotion of diversity and inclusion at the firm. He advocated and headed the development of a D&I Promotion Policy, which he drafted and presented to the partners. Outside the firm, he provides ongoing pro bono legal support to a wide range of the community including LGBT+ persons and socially mobile parents. He also helps enable LGBT+ couples to receive the same services and benefits as legally married couples. Within the firm, Takeshi has advised those employing individuals with disabilities on ways to improve the work environment and address those individuals’ needs.

    Chambers D&I Awards, Outstanding Ally (Asia Pacific 2020)