International Family Law regarding Divorce, Hague Convention Cases, and Inheritance

303 Second Masaki Building, 2-4-5 Namiki, Kawaguchi City         Saitama Prefecture, 332-0034, Greater Tokyo Area                   Half an hour train ride from Central Tokyo

 Office Hours 9:30~17:30
              on weekdays                                  Legal Consultation             weekdays and the weekend
(The prior appointment is required).    


Welcome to our Website

Our Office

Mimoza Law Office specializes in family law matters, especially divorce, Hague Convention abduction caseschild custody, wills and inheritance in Japan.

Our office is located in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture, Greater Tokyo area in Japan. However, We cover the courts all over Japan.


We always strive to find a way to reach as amicable a solution as possible for international divorce, international inheritanceand Hague Convention cases

The international family cases involve the international elements. We cooperate with foreign family attorneys to resolve the case when necessary.

We conduct a legal consultation in English.


Ms. Makiko Mizuuchi, a female lawyer, is registered on the lists of English-speaking attorneys at the Embassies of Australia, Canada, and the United States in Tokyo. She is also registered on the list of attorneys specializing in family law, divorce and custody issues at the Embassy of the United States. 

Ms.Mizuuchi is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). IAFL is a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries

Ms. Mizuuchi is a member of the Hague Convention Working Group of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA), and is registered for the JFBA Lawyer Referral Service regarding Hague Abduction Convention cases.


What kind of family legal matters do we handle?

Please feel free to contact us for assistance regarding the following kinds of legal matters in particular:

     ・Representation by counsel in petitions for the return of children   under the Hague Convention at the Tokyo Family Court, or the Osaka Family Court

      ・Assisting the Hague Convention outgoing cases abroad 

      ・Assisting divorce, or child relocation cases in foreign countries

        ※We assist the family law cases overseas by cooperating with the    attorneys overseas, or writing the opinions regarding the family    law practice in Japan in order to submit to the foreign court etc.

     ・Fair and equitable division of matrimonial property

     ・Effective legal representation by counsel in divorce proceedings in   the Family Court to ensure a better, amicable solution

   ・Visitation or contact with children in Japan

   ・Representation by counsel in visitation conciliation proceedings in   the Family Court

     ・Assistance with deceased estates (division of inherited property)

   ・Drafting and execution of wills


Where do we go for court cases? 

We go to the courts in various places in Japan, 

such as Tokyo (Tokyo, Tachikawa), Saitama (Saitama, Kumagaya)Chiba (Kashiwa, Chiba), Ibaraki (Mito), Gunma (Takasaki,Maebashi), Tochigi (Utsunomiya), Kanagawa (Yokohama, Yokosuka), Shizuoka, Nagano, the whole Kanto region, and other cities in other regions (SendaiOsakaNagoyaKyotoKobeSapporoOkinawa etc.). 


※The family courts in the major cities introduced a telephone conference and the telephone conference is available as long as the court allows and you have a counsel to represent you. Please note the telephone conference is not allowed for all the sessions. You or your counsel is not necessarily requested to attend the court for each session. Please ask the attorney more during the consultation.


We represent foreign nationals. 

We represent divorce, inheritance, and Hague Convention cases for those who are from the U.S.A.CanadaUnited Kingdom (U.K.)AustraliaSouth AfricaSingapore, Hong Kong, other English speaking countries and European countries such as GermanySwitzerlandSwedenthe NetherlandsFranceRussia, and Spain. We represent Japanese, other foreign nationals for international cases as well.

U.S.A.- Various areas such as New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Virginia, Minnesota, California, and Florida

Canada- Various areas such as British Columbia (Vancouver), Ontario (Toronto), and Nova Scotia

United Kingdom (U.K.)- Various areas such as England (London), Northern Ireland (Belfast), and Scotland

Australia- Various areas such as New South Wales (Sydney)Melbourne, Queensland (Brisbane), Canberra, and Perth

South Africa- Various areas such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban


How do we conduct a legal consultation?

We provide legal consultation face to face, on the phone, or via skype.

If you live close to our office, we recommend you to make an appointment for the individual face to face consultation.

Consultation fees

The first session                                 The consultation fee for half an hour is 5,000JPN (plus consumption tax).                                 

 A consultation session may be extended for another half-hour for an additional fee of 5,400 yen.

Regarding the consultation via skype, or the phone, the consultation fee is charged hourly. The consultation fee for an hour is 10,000 JPN (plus consumption tax).

Consultation in English is available.                                                         

The second session, or the third session                                                It depends on the case.         


You are more than welcome to call us from all over the world (81+48-271-5085), or to send us your message from the Inquiry Form.

Inquiry Form

We look forward to serving you in a relaxed atmosphere.       Consultation by telephone, or via Skype is also available.

New information

December, 2017

Our office will be closed from December 29th. 2017,  to January 8th, 2018 for the New Year holidays.       Apologies for your inconvenience.

September, 2017

Ms.Alexandra Tribe, solicitor at Expatriate Law         Limited in London interviews Makiko Mazuuchi,       Attorney at Law from Mimosa International Law     Office. Expatriate Law Limited is a law firm located   in London which specialises in international divorce and family law, conducting divorces for expatriates   through the UK courts.                                         Makiko overviews of the family law that will apply in Japan in which expatriates live in the interview.       The interview is available by Podcast on the website as follows.                                                  


Our office moved to a new place.  The new address is as follows.                                                               303 Second Masaki Building, 2-4-5 Namiki, Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture, 332-0034, Greater Tokyo     Area         


The office is closed from August 11th to 20th for         summer holidays.


Attorney Mizuuchi participated in the U.S. and Canadian   Chapter meeting of the IAFL (International Academy of       Family Lawyers) in Nashville, Tennessee.


Attorney Mizuuchi made a lecture on the                  international family law in the Tochigi Bar               Association.


The testimonial page is added to our website.

September, 2016

The Family Law Conference was held in New Delhi,   India. Family law practitioners from Europe (the     U.K., France, Germany, Russia, etc), the U.S.,          Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, etc. attended the     conference, and exchange the opinions about the     various issues regarding the international family law. Attorney Mizuuchi attended the conference, and      discussed various family law issues, including Hague Convention, Domestic Violence, divorce, and the      same sex marriage.

July, 2016

Attorney Mizuuchi attended the family law conference  (Culture, Dispute Resolution, and the Modernized Family) in King's College London, London, U.K.

July, 2016

Attorney Mizuuchi attended the seminar with English
Hague Convention Specialists in London.

June 1st, 2016

Hague Child Abduction Convention became effective  in the Republic of the Phillipines.

May, 2016

Attorney Mizuuchi became a chair of the Guardian Center Management Council of the Kawguchi Social Welfare Chamber.

April, 2016

Attorney Mizuuchi participated in the Hague convention
conference in the American center in Tokyo hosted by
the U.S. Embassy, and exchanges information on the
international child abduction with Japanese practitioners
on the Hague cases, and diplomats in charge of
Hague cases in some embassies of the member states.

February, 2016

Attorney Mizuuchi participated in the IVLP
(International Visitor Leadership Program)
sponsored by the Department of the States of the
U.S. and visited 5 cities in the U.S. 
The theme of the program is 'IPCA International
Parental Child Abduction'. She visited some
government offices, courts, NGOs etc and had
meetings with judges, prosecutors, practitioners,
social workers, and experts on international child
abduction etc. 

January 27th, 2016

Attorney Mizuuchi was sent to the Tokushima Bar
Association by the Hague Convention Working Group of the 
JFBA and gave a lecture on Hague
Convention. It 
was a part of the activities of the
Hague Convention 
Working Group of the JFBA.

July 17th, 2015

Attorney Mizuuchi was sent to the Nagasaki Bar
Association by the Hague Convention Working Group of the JFBA and gave a lecture on Hague
Convention. It 
was a part of the activities of the
Hague Convention 
Working Group of the JFBA.

June 25th and 26th, 2015

Attorney Mizuuchi attended the Hague symposium,
"Towards the Well-Being of the Child Through the
Hague Child Abduction and Protection of Children
Conventions: An Asia Pacific Symposium, Macao,
China". The event is jointly sponsored by the Law
Reform and International Law Bureau of the Macao
SAR, the Department of Justice of the Hong Kong
SAR, and the Hague Conference. 

April 9th, 2015

Attorney Mizuuchi contributed an article on the        Hague symposium which was held in the IBA         (International Bar Association) Tokyo Annual            Conference, October, 2014, to 'International Family Law Journal Issue 1' published in U.K.

Key Features of the Office

1 Specializing in international divorce and inheritance

We specialize in family law matters, and have vast experience in handling both domestic and international divorce and inheritance cases, such as issues relating to the distribution of matrimonial property, compensation, child custody, visitation rights, and division of inherited assets which have an international element. We also represent left-behind parents who seek to visit or have contact with their children in Japan, and work with foreign counsel where appropriate.

2 Handling Hague Abduction Convention cases

We handle Hague Convention cases (international child abduction cases), and attorney Makiko Mizuuchi is registered for the JFBA Lawyer Referral Service in relation to such cases.

3 Finding amicable solutions with a reasonable cost. And when necessary, cooperating with foreign family law attorneys to settle the case. 

Family law issues are particularly sensitive because the persons involved are family members. In the long run, it is better for all concerned that the parties reach an amicable agreement promptly and without undue expense. We always strive to achieve this.

The international family cases involve the international elements. When necessary, we cooperate with foreign family law attorneys, such as attorneys from U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, France, Sweden, Netherlands,and Switzerland to settle the case.

Areas of Practice

Strategies for             International Divorce

The Specialized Nature of International          Inheritance Cases

Criminal cases

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Contact information

Please contact by telephone 


Office hours 9:30~17:30 on weekdays