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The ‘very reliable’ lawyers at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune have a ‘deep knowledge’ of the market and provide ‘very high-quality advice’. While assisting clients with the development of effective personnel management strategies in order to avoid disputes, the practice has strong experience in labour and employment litigation, especially in relation to claims of wrongful discharge and related compensation matters; defending Olympus, which was sued by one of its employees, is a case in point. Kazutoshi Kakuyama leads the practice, which includes ‘very smart and responsive’ associate Kensuke Otsuki.

Headed by Kunihiro Sumida, Atsumi & Sakai’s team advises domestic and foreign companies on termination schemes in Japan, immigration-related issues and matters arising from cross-border transactions. The practice recently handled cases focusing on the treatment of foreign employees, harassment and pay increases. Tatsuo Yamashima and Bonnie Dixon are also recommended.

The ‘great’ team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto assists employers with employment-related compliance, transition and migration of staff, issues involving terminations and benefits, employment policies, trade disputes and collective agreements. Practice head Chisako Takaya is ‘very good at establishing a legal strategy for the client’, Shiho Ono was promoted to partner, and Yoshikazu Abe is a recommended associate.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu advises major foreign and domestic companies on a range of employment matters, including compliance, contractual matters, compensation, redundancy and separation procedures, protection of personal information and various kinds of employment litigation. The practice is headed by Hisaya Kimura and includes Norimitsu Arai, who is also recommended.

TMI Associates works with leading international clients across a range of industries, including retail, financial services and transport. The practice’s areas of strength are employment contracts and work rules, personnel system issues, termination matters and employment litigation. Mie Fujimoto heads the practice, while Seiji Kurihara and Rie Taiko are up-and-coming lawyers. Mariko Eto was promoted to partner.

Nishimura & Asahi’s areas of expertise include terminations, employment litigation, restructurings and M&A-related matters. Practice head Michihiro Mori advised Takeda Pharmaceutical on a demerger, which involved the transfer of a number of employees to other companies. Other recent work includes assisting Yomiuri Television with negotiations to reach a so-called ‘36 agreement’ on overtime and holiday, and advising Tokyo Academy on a termination agreement.

Iwata Godo’s client portfolio predominantly includes Japanese listed companies, as well as a number of foreign corporates doing business in Japan. The practice, headed by Hirotaka Uranaka and Shinya Tago, handles various employment-related matters, including advising on HR strategy, planning and managing organisational change, complex litigation, and assisting with cross-border employment law issues. The team handled the Japanese part of the post-merger integration of Interactive Intelligence into the Genesys group, assisting the latter with matters such as work rules reconciliation and employee benefits.

Ushijima & Partners advises mainly foreign clients from a range of sectors – including finance, retail, real estate and healthcare – on matters related to dismissals, redundancies, terminations, separation agreements and related disputes. Former practice head Kenichi Kojima recently left for Torikai Law Office. Rikisuke Yamanaka is now the key contact.

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