Aquaxis Law Office

  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Legal

Our firm is a culmination of lawyers who enjoyed working closely with each other over the past 10-15 years at different law firms including two major global law firms. It is this “closeness” upon which we have built a philosophy of getting to know our clients as closely as possible.

Many of our lawyers have in-house legal experiences or have been seconded to the legal departments of companies, and thus, we understand the importance of providing our clients with advice that specifically relates to their business and can be practically applied to resolve their legal issues or reduce their legal risks. 

The name of our firm, Aquaxis, reflects this.  It is actually a combination of two words, “Aqua” and “Axis”.  Aqua being water, and similar to how water always flows and coexists with the earth and shapes it, we would like to have a similar close existence with our clients.  Axis reflects the members of our firm and how we are used to working together as one united team, using our collective knowledge to solve our clients’ issues. 

Another aspect of our firm which we believe makes us unique in Japan is that we practice diversity at our firm.  Five of our ten attorneys are women and given Japan’s low percentage of women lawyers, having half of the firm as women is, we think, a clear indication of our commitment to diversity.

Practice areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial & Corporate Law
  • Compliance, Risk & Corporate Governance
  • Employment, Payroll & Pensions
  • Foreign Direct Investment

Market sectors

  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals
  • Distribution & Franchising
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Family Office
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverages & Tobacco
  • Green Technology & Sustainability
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure
  • Infrastructure & Transport
  • Logistics & Distribution
  • Manufacturing
  • Maritime & Aviation
  • Real Estate
  • Retail, Consumer Products & FMCG
  • Sports Entertainment
  • Technology, Media & Telecom


Grant Tanabe Primary Contact

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Ayuko Nemoto Second Contact

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Naoki Watanabe Third Contact


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Makoto Ohsugi Fourth Contact


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