A nice YouTube presentation. Langley explains what a “bengoshi” is, and what they are not.
It’s advertisement, so of course the focus is on why a foreign advisor is a better counsellor than a Japanese barrister. But the underlying message is that you have no chance as an outsider, trying to get justice in Japan. That may seem obvious to the outside observer, but quite often it’s not obvious to the expats in Japan. They seem to think that because most people are generally nice in Japan, that if there were ever any need for the assistance of the court system there, that it would, logically, be fair. No no no.
Langley has a couple others of these videos out, with modest viewership. However, they are all very interesting, and shed some light on topics where light is due.
Langley, as he says, is not a bengoshi and does not practice Japanese law. I know that he was a member of the Georgia bar at one time.