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Comments from Tasuku Matsuo, Esq.:

More than forty years have passed since I first established a law firm in Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. During those forty years, Mr. Kosugi joined me, and MATSUO & KOSUGI has experienced so much development in Kanda and, thereafter, in Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, leading to the current form of the Legal Corporation Matsuo & Kosugi now located in Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. However, one thing has remained unchanged from the very start of this law firm: our motto and commitment to do our best for our clients. I have steadfastly abided by this and have always shared it with my colleagues and new comers to our law firm.

We believe that the developments leading to our present form have been the fruit of the appreciation and support from our clients of said motto and commitment, as well as our performance thereby. Needless to say, it is our sincere desire to continue to provide our legal services to our clients based on this hard-and-fast belief.


Comments from Takeo Kosugi, Esq.:

We have trained ourselves and accumulated experience to become, first of all, practitioners with a great deal of familiarity with Japanese laws and practices, and then, with such domestic basis, to form a highly capable expertise lawyers group who can negotiate with foreign lawyers on equal terms and who can be internationally viable. To tell the truth, this is not a policy universally adopted by law firms in Japan, and the way which we have proceeded has by no means been a cozy one. However, the massive changes occurring in the society in Japan that we now face strongly inspire our confidence in that we have advanced to and are continuing to strive for the right goal.


Practice Areas

MATSUO & KOSUGI has extensive experience in both transnational and domestic transactions and dispute resolution. The firm has extensive experience handling domestic litigation and arbitration cases, as well as international dispute resolution matters, especially multinational disputes and parallel bankruptcy cases. The firm also adeptly handles general and complex domestic and international business transactions.
MATSUO & KOSUGI serves as principal outside counsel for major banks and financial institutions, manufacturing and distribution corporations, telecommunications companies, trading companies, mass-communication companies and various service corporations. In addition, the firm regularly represents foreign corporations in their dealings with the Japanese government and domestic companies and in litigation before the court of Japan.


Firm History

MATSUO & KOSUGI was founded in 1963 as the Matsuo Law Offices at Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. In 1976 the firm moved to Ginza 7-chome where it prospered for nearly 30 years. The offices reorganized as a partnership of Tasuku Matsuo and Takeo Kosugi in 1979, and the firm was given the new name in English, Matsuo & Kosugi. Thereafter, with a view to further development of the firm and to reorganize it into a joint-firm operated by several partners, the name Matsuo Sogo Horitsu Jimusho was adopted in Japanese. In December 2004, for the purpose of establishing an operational system to provide improved expert and legal services, the firm was reorganized as a legal corporation and the name in Japanese was changed to Bengoshihojin Matsuo Horitsu Jimusho. Simultaneously therewith, the firm moved to the Fukoku Seimei Building neighboring the Hibiya Park.