Legal Resources

Navigating Japanese laws can be intimidating, even for the most proficient of Japanese speakers. Luckily, there are some resources to help you should you find yourself in need of legal counseling or assistance.

SPIRA

Website: https://www.spira.or.jp/en/work/consultation/

Address: 2-1-12 Shirayama, Saga City

Telephone: 0952-22-7830 (Consultation Hotline)

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9:00am to 5:00pm

SPIRA offers some free consultations to foreigners living in Saga, and can also provide interpreters should a JET wish to speak to someone Japanese about legal matters.

 

Rainbow Plaza (Fukuoka):

Website: http://www.rainbowfia.or.jp/en/institution/03.html

Address: 8F IMS Bldg., 1-7-11 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City 810-0001

Tel: 092-733-2220

Hours: 10:00-20:00

Closed: 3rd Tuesdays (except for July, August and December), and Dec.29 – Jan.3

Legal Consultations: Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays

With the support of the Fukuoka Bar Association and the Fukuoka City International Foundation, Rainbow Plaza offers free legal consultation services to foreign nationals residing in the Fukuoka area. An interpreter can be provided on request, free of charge. If you wish to request an interpretation service other than Chinese or English, please arrange with Rainbow Plaza well in advance as it may take some time to find your desirable interpreter in time. Steps for making an appointment and more information are on the website.

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