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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

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Bangkok, Beijing, Fukuoka, Ho Chi Minh City, Osaka, Shanghai and 3 more

Chisako Takaya

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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Work Department

Employment & Labour Practice Group


Labor & Human Resources, Mergers & Acquisitions, Asia Practice.


admitted in Japan, 1995; New York, 2000. With Arthur Loke Bernard Rada and Lee, Singapore (1999-2000); with Kochhar & Co., New Delhi (2000). Committee member of International Communication Committee, Japan Federation of Bar Association (2014-) Vice Chair of Labor and Employment Committee, Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association (2012-)


Japanese and English


Daini Tokyo Bar Association; New York State Bar Association.


The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1993); Cornell Law School (LL.M., 1999).

Japan: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Independent local firms

Within: Dispute resolution – Independent local firms

Under the leadership of Mugi Sekido and Kana Manabe, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has an outstanding and long-established track record in the dispute resolution space, handling both domestic and cross-border cases across a broad range of practice areas. Chisako Takaya and Shiho Ono are representing Japan Post in a high-profile Labour Contract Act dispute brought by several fixed-term employees who allege that, compared to permanent employees, their contract terms and conditions are unreasonable. Meanwhile, Minoru Sawaguchi is overseeing JCAA arbitration proceedings filed by a heavy industrial entity against his client – a multinational conglomerate – demanding payments arising from complications in the construction of a power project in Africa. On the corporate front, Yasuhiko Fujitsu is advising a major Japanese corporate on a series of shareholder disputes, and Gaku Hayakawa is defending a group of product manufacturers in a suit filed by construction workers alleging the clients' products caused asbestos-related diseases. Also of note are Koichiro Iida, Shinichiro Yokota and newly promoted partner Yuko Kanamaru, who specialises in domestic and international privacy and labour laws. Daniel Allen has joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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Japan: Labour and employment

Labour and employment – Independent local firms

Within: Leading individuals

Chisako Takaya (Bengoshi) - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Within: Labour and employment – Independent local firms

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto's practice fields advisory, litigation and M&A specialists who handle the full range of labour and employment advice including compliance issues, work relating to the transition and migration of staff, terminations, benefits, and trade disputes. The experienced team consists of three partners including Chisako Takaya, who is a specialist litigator and mainly represents employers in contentious matters. Her recent work includes acting in a dispute in which fixed-term employees allege they should be entitled to receive allowances that are paid to employees not on fixed-term contracts. Associate Yoshikazu Abe is also recommended.

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    Q & A on Licensing in Japan 
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