By ATOM Legal Professional Corporation English speaking lawyers in Japan

Our Lawyers (Bengōshi)

Kei Ikuta

Kei graduated Keio University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s in Economics, and passed the Japanese bar exam in 2008. He joined Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, one of Japan’s “Big Four” law firms, as soon as he passed the bar. To broaden his legal experiences, he enrolled in the LL.M. program at University College London. It was during this time in the U.K. that really honed Kei’s English ability. After completing the program in 2015, he joined Sports Resolutions, an independent dispute resolution service for sports, in London. 

Back in Japan, Kei runs his own legal services at Ikuta Sogo Legal Office. In addition to this, he serves as a case manager for the Japan Sports Arbitration Agency as well as an auditor for the Japan Association for University Athletics and Sport. Many of his clients are English-speaking foreigners.

Takeshi Okano

Takeshi is a lawyer with a bit of a different story. After graduating high school in Osaka, Takeshi decided to try his hand at a bunch of different jobs rather than enroll in a university. Not only this, but he decided to move to the United States to gain new experiences between 1995-1997. It was this 2.5 years in the United States that allowed him to hone his English skills. During the years between the ages of 18 and 28, Takeshi worked as a bartender, field construction worker, and temporary staffing coordinator both in Japan and the United States. 

While working, Takeshi also studied for the Japanese bar exam. After successfully passing the bar at 28, he founded the Atom Legal Professional Corporation in 2008 where he is the Representative Lawyer. He has experience working with foreign clients. While working as ATOM’s Representative Lawyer, Takeshi also completed the LL.M. Program at Temple University, Beasley School of Law.