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Hiroshi Maeda

Atsumi & Sakai




Member, Industrial Structure Council, Economic Cooperation Committee, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (1995-1996)
Member, PFI (Private Finance Initiative) Promotion Committee, Cabinet Office (1999-2009)
Member, Prospective Investee Evaluation Committee, Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan (2003-)
Member, Sports Promotion Subsidy Assessment Committee, Japan Sport Council (2004-)
Lecturer, Sophia Law School (2005-)
Member, Special Committee of the Sports Promotion Lottery, Sports/Youth Subcommittee of Central Council for Education, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2008-2009)
Member, Meeting of An Expert Panel Tasked with Monitoring The Improvement Plan for Japan Airlines Corporation, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (2009)
Vice Chairman, Infrastructure Subcommittee of the Japan-Australia Business Co-operation Committee (2009-2016)
Member, Asia Pacific Infrastructure Partnership (2011-)
Member, Expert Panel on PFI Research for Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, Cabinet Office (2012)
Member, Commission on Evaluation of Independent Administrative Institutions, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2013-)
Member, Japan-Mekong Business Cooperation Committee (2013-)
Member, EPA Subcommittee of the Japan-Australia Business Co-operation Committee (2016-)
Member, Examination Committee on Hub Development for Cruise Port via Public-Private Partnership, Ports and Harbours Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (2016-)
Member, Examination Board for Strengthening of Financial Function, Financial Services Agency (2016-)
Nishimura & Asahi (2014-2018)


Japanese and English


The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1979)
The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
Cornell Law School (LL.M., 1986)

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  • Taking control of a Japanese publicly listed company:

    Introductory notes for successfully completing an M&A
  • Yuasa and Hara Business Law News

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  • Japan: New legislative framework for Sukuk

    The new framework passed in May 2011 will provide a solid legal platform for issuing Sukuk Ijarah under Japanese law. NAOKI ISHIKAWA highlights key legal structures and tax treatment in respect of the anticipated Sukuk issuances in Japan.
  • Yakult Bottle Acquired Distinctiveness

    Do you know about Yakult's delicious lactic acid drink which is contained in a small bottle? Yakult's lactic acid drink (hereafter referred to as "Yakult drink") is the most famous lactic acid drink in Japan and today is also being sold in many countries around the world. When you are enjoying Yakult drink, please keep in mind the case mentioned below.
  • Tax: Japan: International Joint Ventures

    Tax on international joint ventures. Country Q&A (Japan).
  • Japan: Recent Developments in Practice and Law

    The successful closing of two Islamic fi nance transactions which was announced in July 2010 by Nomura Holdings have paved a concrete path for Japanese corporations to consider overseas Islamic fi nance markets for their fund raising activities. The fi rst transaction was in Asia for the issuance of Sukuk Ijarah and the second was in the Middle East for the establishment of a Commodity Murabahah facility (Nomura Deals).
  • Renewable energy takes off in Japan

    Like many other countries, Japan has decided to reform its renewable energy (RE) policy, to dramatically increase the use of renewable energy. The core policy mechanism is a feed-in tariff (FIT). This chapter summarises the contemplated Japanese FIT and its practical impact on existing and future investment in this sector, providing an overview of:
  • Licensing - 2010

    Q & A on Licensing in Japan 
  • Law on the Civil Jurisdiction of Japanese Courts over Foreign Countries, etc.

    The Law has been enacted to clarify the scope of application of the civil jurisdiction of Japanese courts over foreign countries, etc., and set exceptions to civil preocedings involving foreign countries, etc., based on the United Nations Convention on the Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their property (UN Convention on Immunities) (see Article 1).