Although the internet existed at the time when I opened my office, there was nowhere near the amount of information available as today. Therefore, my only option was to acquire knowledge from written materials. The current proliferation of the internet and SNS has not changed my stance towards acquiring knowledge through reading books. However, I am now busy with a greater amount of work and I don’t have enough time for reading. Nevertheless, acquiring information through written materials is a form of essential procurement for lawyers.
Therefore, in order to force myself to read written materials, I started the blog Court Diary of a Country Lawyer
from 2005. At first, I wrote articles on subjects such as trips that I had gone on. However, due to influence of my work such as serving on advisory committees, I gradually began to write articles mainly concerned with topics including corporate law, financial law, traffic accidents, and inheritance.
In rural cities, lawyers must be well-versed in a wide range of legal areas. Consequently, I subscribed to a periodical, the Monthly Bulletin on Family Courts (currently the Family Court Journal), in order to gain knowledge regarding divorce and succession proceedings, and I started to introduce cases which I found interesting on my blog Court Diary of a Family Law Lawyer
Partly due to my aforementioned relationship with the non-life insurance company, traffic accidents compose an overwhelming amount of work. In order to gain expert knowledge on such cases, I participate in training held by the General Insurance Association of Japan and the Jiken Center. Additionally, I am a member of the Japan Association of Traffic Law and the Japanese Society of Compensation Science, and I attend periodic training held by these organizations. I also subscribe to periodic specialist journals such as a collection of civil cases on traffic accidents and the Jidousya-Hoken Journal. Furthermore, I introduce cases which I find interesting on my blog Court Diary of a Traffic Law Lawyer
As the time goes by, the internet has become an intrinsic part of daily life. Although I first started the blogs for my own personal study, I have continued to update them for more than ten years. Due to that, recently when exchanging business cards, I am often asked “Oh—you are the country lawyer, aren’t you?”
Indeed, my blogs have led to many new relationships. Again, this is case of making my own good fortune by continuing to share information and make my voice heard.