• malaysia

The capital city of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur, one of the major cities in Southeast Asia. Geographically, Malaysia has land borders with Thailand, Indonesia, and Brunei Darussalam (commonly known as Brunei), as well as maritime borders with Singapore and the Philippines. Malaysia’s population, which was roughly eight million in 1960, has steadily increased to reach approximately 32 million in 2018. The median age in Malaysia is around 28 years. Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country, with Malays accounting for around 67% of the population, followed by Chinese (around 25%) and Indians (around 7%). Malaysia is also a multi-religious society, with around 61% of the population being Muslim, 20% being Buddhist, 9% being Christian and 6% Hindus. The country’s national language is Malay, but English is also widely spoken and serves as an official language.

Malaysia’s has a strong and close relationship with Japan, due partly to the Look East Policy, which was instituted under the country’s fourth Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, and continued to be implemented under the fifth Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Under the Look East Policy, Malaysia sought to achieve economic growth by learning from Japan, whose economy grew rapidly after WWII. Japan and Malaysia enjoy cultural as well as people-to-people exchanges. Universities in Malaysia offer Japanese language courses and many Malaysian students come to Japan to study at university or other education institutes. Malaysians generally have a favorable view of Japan.
In May 2018, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was re-appointed as Prime Minister. His re-appointment is expected to further increase business opportunities between Malaysia and Japan.>

TMI has a member of staff stationed in Malaysia who is well-versed in legal practice in Southeast Asia, and provides legal services that meet local business needs.
(* Data correct as of 2018.)

Contact in Malaysia

Member Attorney

Hiroyasu Umeda
Attorney-at-law admitted
in Japan
Registered foreign lawyer
in Singapore
Hiroyasu Umeda

He handles all kinds of matters from expansion to withdrawal involving Japanese companies in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.
Based in the Singapore Office, he is regularly stationed at Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff (CCA) in Kuala Lumpur, and, in collaboration with CCA’s attorneys, he provides Japanese companies with support for any kind of legal issues in Malaysia.

Guide to Our Legal Practice

The Malaysian Desk is provided within a Kuala Lumpur law firm, Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff (“CCA”). TMI has an alliance with CCA and assigns a member of its staff to CCA. The resident staff member cooperates with CCA attorneys to provide supports to Japanese clients in all aspects of Malaysian laws.

Access / Contact Information

Name Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff
Address Level 5, Menara BRDB, 285, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone +603 2055 3888
Facsimile +603 2055 3880
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