International Counsel, Japan

  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Full-time

Company Description

We believe the economy is better when everyone has access. When everyone has room to grow. No one should be left out because the cost is too great or the technology too complex. We started with a little white credit card reader but haven’t stopped there. We’re empowering the independent electrician to send invoices, setting up the favorite food truck with a delivery option, helping the ice cream shop pay its employees, and giving the burgeoning coffee chain capital for a second, third, and fourth location. We’re here to help sellers of all sizes start, run, and grow their business—and helping them grow their business is good business for everyone.

Job Description

Square is seeking a highly motivated attorney to provide legal guidance on commercial contracts, product development and regulatory initiatives. You will be responsible for managing legal risk, negotiating complex commercial contracts, ensuring Square’s regulatory compliance and liaising with key government stakeholders in Japan. We’re looking for a highly adaptable, self-motivated individual who can handle fast-paced projects independently.

You will:

  • Draft and negotiate a wide range of commercial and intellectual property agreements affecting the company’s products and services

  • Work cross-functionally on a variety of legal matters to support business development and innovation in the Japanese market

  • Provide ideas and insights into how the company can work within the law to create amazing product experiences for our customers and reduce legal risks

  • Liaise with government authorities and regulators on matters relevant to the payments and consumer financial industries, both proactively (helping Square build and maintain government relationships) and reactively (responding to regulatory inquiries)

  • Provide sound compliance advice on laws and regulations relevant to consumer protection, advertising, IP, data protection, and the software and financial services industries

  • Draft terms of use, product policies, and disclosures, and implement related processes

  • Manage communications and/or requests for information from government authorities, sellers and consumers

  • Effectively collaborate with domestic counsel to provide globally aligned legal advice


You have:

  • Familiarity with launching products and advising on the legal and regulatory aspects of product development in the technology space

  • Excellent commercial negotiation and drafting skills

  • A passion for fintech and the future of commerce

  • Fluency in translating legal advice into actionable guidance for innovative product and business teams

  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage projects effectively

  • Sound and practical business judgment, intellectual creativity, and problem-solving skills

  • Native Japanese language proficiency business-level English language proficiency

  • 4+ years post-qualification experience as an attorney/contract negotiator practising in Japan

  • Admission to the Japanese Bar (admission to a common law jurisdiction is desirable but not essential)

  • Experience in fintech/e-commerce/financial services (desirable but not essential)

Additional Information

At Square, our purpose is to empower – within and outside of our walls. In order to build the best tools for the businesses and customers we support all over the world, we have to start at home with a workforce as diverse and empowered as our sellers. To this end, we take great care to evaluate all employees and job applicants equally, based on merit, competence, and qualifications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at) We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible.