New Year’s Greeting for 2024|Visiting the New Kawasaki City Hall

New Year’s Greetings

Thank you very much for your support during the past year. We look forward to working with you again this year.

Promoting International Practice

At Sumikawa Law Office (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture), all of our attorneys and staffs are able to communicate in English. Taking advantage of this, we will continue to provide support to our clients in Japan and abroad for legal services that require English language. In particular, we have received an increasing number of inquiries over the past few years regarding support for inheritance procedures in the U.S. In addition to providing support for individual cases in cooperation with attorneys in various states in the U.S., we plan to strengthen our information dissemination efforts.

We are also receiving an increasing number of inquiries from small and medium-sized companies regarding international contracts. We hope that companies that are about to start international transactions, as well as those that are already engaged in international transactions but have not yet received advice from an attorney, will consult with attorneys.

Promotion of SDGs

Our law firm will continue to actively develop initiatives for the SDGs this year.

In 2024, as part of our focus on gender equality, we will strengthen cooperation with lawyers from other firms and begin activities to train young and mid-career lawyers who can be candidates for outside directors in Kanagawa Prefecture. Sustainability, as set forth by the SDGs, is an extremely important theme for companies. In order to address this important issue, our firm aims to train lawyers who can support local companies in the future. We will work to ensure that attorneys with expertise in sustainability issues can address the challenges facing businesses and contribute to the sustainability of the entire region.

We will also continue to focus on creating a framework for supporting business succession in collaboration with other professionals in the region. If a company goes out of business at the same time as its representative retires, not only will the services provided cease, but the employees will also lose their jobs, which will have a significant impact on the local community. It is a critical issue for the community that companies plan and prepare for business succession at the earliest possible stage. If you have any concerns bout business succession, we encourage you to consult with an attorney in your area.

In addition, we will continue to support other activities to revitalize the local community, especially in Kawasaki City, where our firm is located, such as sponsoring local exchange activities and supporting a children’s cafeteria.

Tour of the New City Hall of Kawasaki City

At the end of last year, we toured the new Kawasaki City Hall, which was completed last year (2023). 25th floor observation deck is open to visitors free of charge. It is a different world that can be quickly ascended by elevator, and I felt more refreshed than I expected. If you haven’t been there yet, why not visit during the New Year when the air is clean?

Kawasaki City Website

Sumikawa Law Office is located across the street from the new Kawasaki City Hall (on the second floor of the Miyadai Building shown in the photo below). When you visit our office, consider taking 30 minutes and stop by the City Hall observation deck.

Kawasaki City Hall Observation Deck

Explanation of Terms Concerning Civil Rehabilitation Proceedings in Japan (Tentative Version)


Civil Rehabilitation proceedings

A legal procedure taken by a company that has difficulty repaying its debts in order to avoid bankruptcy by reducing the amount of existing debts. The company itself continues to operate as before.


Date of petition for Civil Rehabilitation

The date the petitioning attorney of the debtor company files the petition for civil rehabilitation with the court. (March 2nd for this case)


Date of court order for commencement of Civil Rehabilitation proceedings

The date on which the court receiving the petition for civil rehabilitation formally initiates the legal proceedings for civil rehabilitation (March 7th for this case)


Rehabilitation claim

Claims arising prior to the date of order of commencement of civil rehabilitation proceedings.


Common benefit claim

Claims arising after the date of the order of commencement of civil rehabilitation proceedings. Since it will be impossible for the company to operate if this is not repaid, it is treated like a normal transaction, and the company is obligated to repay it as promised.


Changing from Rehabilitation claim to Common Benefit claim

The court, upon the company’s petition, shall convert rehabilitation claims that accrued between the date of petition and the date of commencement order to common benefit claims.

Golden Week in Japan

Golden Week

Golden Week in Japan is a period of consecutive holidays from the end of April to the beginning of May each year.

National holidays are April 29 (Showa Day), May 3 (Constitution Day), May 4 (Greenery Day), and May 5 (Children’s Day). Therefore, some companies also take the weekdays before and after these days off, making them long consecutive holidays for Japan, which does not have a custom of taking vacations.

Events in Kawasaki

During this period, various social events are held in Kawasaki City. Many food stalls are set up, and it is fun to take a walk on a nice day.

Inage Kanpai Beer Day #Kanpai Kawasaki

Kawasaki Asian Festa

Haisai Festa (Okinawa Festival in Kawasaki)

Our Business Days

Sumikawa Law Office will be closed from May 3 (Wed.) to May 5 (Fri.), 2023 for the Golden Week holiday. After the holidays, we will be open for business from May 8 (Mon.).

Kanpai Beer Day (Craft Beer Event in Kawasaki) | Oct. 22nd and 23rd, 2022

Craft Beer Event in Kawasaki

On October 22 and 23, 2022, there will be a craft beer event in Kawasaki City (near Kawasaki Station). Several craft beers from Kawasaki and other areas will be present. As for food, there will be new menus prepared for this event.

Website of the event (Japanese)

Kawasaki Station is conveniently located and easily accessible from both Tokyo and Yokohama. If you like this kind of event, please come to Kanpai Beer Day, and we hope to see you there!

Sumikawa Law Office is also a sponsor of this event to promote the community.