IKUTA SOGO LEGAL OFFICE|The top tier lawyer dealing with legal issues regarding Japan

Sports Law

Advising on legal issues regarding sports-related contracts and disputes

Japan will soon host major international sporting events, the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Recently, sports leagues in Japan, the football league (J.League) in particular, have become popular fields for internationally recognised athletes to play in. It is clear that the market for the sports industry in Japan has gradually been expanding. On the other hand, it is hard to deny the fact that the number of legal issues relating to sports has also increased. Based on the high degree of experience and expertise, Ikuta Sogo Legal Office is able to provide legal support for such sports-related issues.

If you encounter legal problems regarding sports, including the following, please feel free to contact us:

  • You would like to negotiate and enter into contracts with sports clubs or athletes/coaches
  • Disputes regarding disciplinary sanctions, termination of contracts, doping violations or injuries due to sporting accidents
  • You need legal support for sports competitions in Japan
  • You would like to enforce the arbitration award of the CAS in Japan under the New York Convention

The founding lawyer at Ikuta Sogo Legal Office worked as a case manager for Sport Resolutions, which is a dispute resolution service for sport in the UK, in 2015 and was involved in many sports-related cases during that period. He gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Governance at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2016. After coming back to Japan, he has worked as a case manager at the Japan Sports Arbitration Agency, which is a dispute resolution service for sport in Japan. He has also other experiences relating to sports such as working as a legal advisor for professional sport clubs and as an agent for professional athletes.


Our firm’s goal is to provide our clients with quality legal services in a timely manner at affordable fees. Please feel free to contact us if you have any inquiry regarding legal issues via our contact form or phone. We are happy to have an initial meeting via Skype at your convenience.