“Yokoso”, a Warm Welcome to Tokyo!

Yokoso means “welcome” in Japanese. It is our pleasure to welcome young lawyers from all over the world to Tokyo for the 55th International Young Lawyers’ Congress organized by AIJA between August 28th and September 1st, 2017. 

Japan is world-renowned for its impeccable hospitality which you will be able to experience firsthand in Tokyo, a city that effortlessly blends ancient culture and high modernity: with world-class dining, architecture and night life.

Also, as an international center for finance and commerce, Japan has strong business ties around the world. In particular, its position as a large and established commercial hub in Asia means that its businesses and lawyers have a long history of working in and with the region that is the engine room of global growth. At the 2017 Congress you will meet many Japanese attorneys, in-house counsels and business leaders and have the opportunity to learn directly about the challenges and opportunities of doing business and law in Japan and across Asia. 
This Congress will inspire you with more than 50 hours of high-quality training, organized by the 20 AIJA commissions and sub commissions. In 2017 there will be a particular focus on AI (Artificial Intelligence) and other technologies rapidly changing the business and legal landscape in which young lawyers work. We are proud to host you in Tokyo, and share with you days of intensive and comprehensive scientific work as well as an exciting social program. We are sure that this first AIJA Congress in Far-Eastern Asia will be an unforgettable experience and leave you with new insights, new connections and wonderful memories of Japan’s vibrant culture, food, and traditions. We look forward to seeing you in Tokyo in 2017! 

Kenji Hirooka,


on behalf of the Organising Committee