Associate Attorney Kanayo Okai

Portrait of Kanayo Okai, bilingual lawyer

Kanayo Okai joined the Ohara Law Office in January of 2012. She handles a variety of different legal matters such as family law, debt collection, probate and immigration. Kanayo is fluent in English and regularly consults with clients in English over the phone or in person during legal consultations.

Kanayo earned her undergraduate degree from Osaka University School of Foreign Studies. She then traveled to Australia and attended Sydney University, where she earned a diploma from the Faculty of Economics.

Upon returning to Japan, Kanayo went to work for the multinational firm White and Case as a paralegal. She then attended law school at the prestigious Doshisha University Graduate School in Kyoto and passed the Japanese bar in September of 2010 and was admitted to the Osaka bar the next year before joining the Ohara Law Office.

Speaking both English and Japanese fluently enhances Kanayo’s family law practice and allows her to handle international family law matters such as divorce between international couples or cases to return children under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. She also participates in annual mediation seminars to train as a mediator in both English and Japanese.

Kanayo enjoys playing golf in her spare time.

Legal Experience

  • Associate Attorney-at-Law of Ohara Law Office, 2012 – Present

Bar Admissions

  • Osaka Bar Association, 2011
  • Japan Federation of Bar Associations, 2011
  • Passed Japanese Bar examination, 2010


  • Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan, 2011
  • Doshisha University Graduate School, LL.M., 2010
  • Faculty of Economics at Sydney University, diploma, 1996
  • Osaka University of Foreign Studies (Currently Osaka University, School of Foreign Studies), 1990