Japan In-House Lawyers Association.


Japan In-House Lawyers Association

About Japan In-House Lawyers Association (JILA)

Japan In-House Lawyers Association (JILA) is a voluntary organization that was founded on August 1, 2001, by practicing and former in-house lawyers. While carrying out research on the current situation of in-house lawyers, the Association also conducts a variety of activities to promote familiarization with in-house lawyers, and thereby contribute to social justice and benefit of the society as a whole, as well as promote friendship between its members.

About us

Basic information
Name Japan In-House Lawyers Association
Representative Miki Sakakibara, President
Main Office address Koishikawa Urban Building 4F, 5-3-13 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 112-0012
c/o Association for Supporting Academic Societies (office)
* In order to convey accurately external inquiries from the office to the person in charge, we centralize all inquiries via email (please see: Contact Us).
For emergency contact, please use our telephone number.
Foundation August 1, 2001
Services - conducting research on in-house lawyers and publishing results
- operation and administration of the Association web site, e-mail magazine, and so on
- publication and distribution of the Association Newsletter and other publications
- hosting, co-hosting and sponsoring lectures, training sessions, symposia, seminars and other events
- providing various support for and cooperating with the Bar Association, various research institutions, government agencies, etc.
- other activities that contribute to the promotion of in-house lawyers
Organizational structure
Members Regular Members Full-time or similar position in-house lawyers
Associate Members Lawyers who in the past met the requirements for Regular Members
Non-registered Members Lawyers who do not have a lawyer registration according to Article 8 of the Lawyers Act, but are qualified to work as lawyers as per above Act, for whom the causes for disqualification of Article 7 of the Lawyers Act do not apply, work as staff or employees of an organization, or are directors, trustees and other types of officers who meet the full-time employment requirement
Decision-making body General Meeting As the highest decision-making body of JILA constituted by its Regular Members, it discusses important matters such as voting the budget, changes in the Standing Rules, changes in enactment of regulations and so on.
Board The decision-making body of the Association, composed by the President, Deputy President and all other Board Members, which discusses matters such as changes in enactment of regulations and so on.
Board President 1 person (chosen by the members of the Board)
Deputy President Within 10 people (chosen by the members of the Board)
Board Members From 3 to 30 people (including the President and Deputy President)
Auditor From 3 to 30 people (including the President and Deputy President)
Committees Research Committee Survey research and policymaking related to in-house lawyers
Training Programs Committee Planning and hosting of regular member meetings
Public Relations Committee General Public Relations and External Affairs
Administrative organization Secretary General 1 person
Deputy Secretary General Several people
General Affairs Management of General Meeting, and other General Affairs
Planning Planning and execution of JILA’s action plan
Finance Financial management
Editing Editing and publishing the Newsletter (e-mail magazine)
Divisions Divisions management
Divisions Division 1 Iron and steel, non-ferrous metals, chemicals, rubber, textiles, paper and pulp, glass, stone and clay
Division 2 Bank of Japan, banks, Shinkin banks, credit cooperatives, securities, commodity futures trading, asset management and investment advising, deposit insurance corporations, stock exchange, leasing, consumer credit, credit guarantee companies, and other financial organizations
Division 3 Information communication, telecommunications, mobile phones, information technology, net services, software, games, mass media, publishing, advertising, entertainment, copyright, and other management business
Division 4 Administrative agencies, local governments, independent administrative corporations, educational institutions
Division 5 Machinery, electrical equipment, precision equipment, transport equipment, metal products
Division 6 Pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, medical institutions, medical services, elderly care services
Division 7 Real estate, construction, housing, building materials and housing equipment, energy, water
Division 8 Food, apparel, household general goods, printing, wholesale, retail, logistics, transportation, inns, food, leisure, theme parks, security, other manufacturing and services (except those belonging to the other groups)
Division 9 Life insurance, non-life insurance, special insurance
Division 10 Trading companies, auditing firms, consulting, think tanks, turnaround support, agricultural cooperatives, fishery cooperatives, other economic organizations
Branches Tokai Branch Aichi, Gifu, Mie Prefectures
Kansai Branch Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo, Shiga, Nara Prefectures
Kyushu Branch Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Kagoshima Prefectures

Organizational chart

JILA Organizational Chart
(as of March 31, 2016)


Number of members

Current number of members: 1612(as of December 31, 2018)

- Regular Members (practicing in-house lawyers): 1285
- Associate Members (members with previous experience as in-house lawyers): 225
- Non-registered Members (members who are not currently registered as lawyers): 102



August 2001 Founded as the ‘In-House Lawyers Network’
September 2001 Began a survey on the number of in-house lawyers and the organizations they belong to
July 202 Launched web site
October 2002 Started to hold regular meetings
June 2004 Published the book "The age of in-house lawyers"(Nihon Hyoron Sha Co., Ltd.)
November 2005 Held the first 'In-house lawyers seminar'
January 2006 Changed its name to "Japan In-House Lawyers Association", and established the Kansai Branch
October 2006 Number of members reached 50
February 2008 Number of members reached 100
April 2008 Established the Tokai and Kyushu branches
February 2009 Number of members reached 150
May 2009 Published the book "Latest Financial Instruments and Exchange Act Guidebook" (SHINNIPON-HOKI PUBLISHING CO., LTD.)"
November 2009 Introduced the Divisions system, and established four Divisions
January 2010 Number of members reached 200
September 2010 Number of members reached 250
March 2011 Number of members reached 300
July 2011 Number of members reached 350
August 2011 Published the book "Contract terms proper usage dictionary" (SHINNIPON-HOKI PUBLISHING CO., LTD.)
November 2011 Number of members reached 400
February 2012 Number of members reached 450
May 2012 Number of members reached 500
September 2012 Number of members reached 550
December 2012 Reclassified the Divsions, and established ten Divisions
January 2013 Number of members reached 600
May 2013 Number of members reached 650
August 2013 Number of members reached 700
November 2013 Published the book "Case studies to help you understand handling advice for problem employees" (SHINNIPON-HOKI PUBLISHING CO., LTD.)
January 2014 Number of members reached 800
August 2014 Number of members reached 900
February 2015 Number of members reached 1,000
August 2015 Number of members reached 1,100
March 2016 Number of members reached 1,200
September 2016 Number of members reached 1,300
September 2017 Number of members reached 1,400



This stylish blue logo that the Association uses on its business cards and letterhead was created by designer Kazuto Ishida(of Kazuto Ishida Design Studio)

The darkish blue represents the image of honest, composed and well-organized lawyers, and the character arrangement resembles a row of pillars, created in the solemn image of the Parthenon.

Administrative Office

The Association is engaged in operations such as the management of members, with the cooperation of the Association for Supporting Academic Societies (opens in another window).