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Shin Ushijima

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Ushijima & Partners

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General Corporate; Corporate Governance; Compliance; M&A; Hostile Takeover; Business Succession; Litigation Arbitration; Crisis Management / Handling of Misdoings; System Development; Information Management / Cyber Security; Personal Information / Utilization of Personal Data; Intellectual Property; Internet / Media; Entertainmental Law; Government Contracts; Asia Practices; Labor/Employment; Tax; Real Estate; Environmental Law; Financial Regulations; Finance/Securitization; Restructuring/Insolvency; Insurance; Antitrust; Startup Business Support




Public Prosecutor, Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office (1977); Public Prosecutor, Hiroshima District Public Prosecutors Office (1978); Admitted in Japan (1979); Anderson, Mori & Rabinowitz (1979-1985); Established Ushijima & Associates (1985)

  • Director of Hokuetsu Kishu Paper Co., LTD. (June 2015 through June 2017)
  • Director of Nippon Life Insurance Company (July 2007-)
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of Nippon Life Insurance Company (January 2007 through July 2012)
  • Statutory Auditor of Shochiku Co., Ltd. (May 2011-)
  • Member of the Compliance Committee of Shochiku Co., Ltd. (May 2004 through December 2009)
  • Statutory Auditor of Asahi Kogyosha Co, Ltd.
  • Director of ASATSU-DK INC. (March 2014 through March 2015)
  • Director of Avex Group Holdings Inc. (September 2004 through June 2010)
  • Member of the Compliance Committee of Avex Group Holdings Inc. (June 2007 through June 2010)
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of Hokuetsu Kishu Paper Co., Ltd. (June 2007 through June 2012)
  • Supervisory Committee Member of UFJ Banking Limited (October 2004 through December 2005)
  • Chairman of the Management Supervisory Committee of ShinGinko Tokyo, Limited (June 2008 through June 2011)
  • Member of the Supervision and Compliance Committee of Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. (August 2006 through July 2010)
  • Statutory Auditor of the Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association of Japan (JLPGA)
  • Statutory Auditor of the Association for Real Estate Securitization
  • Mediator in Tomonoura UNESCO World Heritage Candidate Site dispute, appointed by the Hiroshima Prefectural Governor (February 2010 through February 2012)


Japanese, English


Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association (1979); Chairman of Foreign Lawyers Committee of Japan Federation of Bar Associations (June 2005 through May 2011); Representative Director/President of Japan Corporate Governance Network; Special Adviser to The Value Creation Forum for The 21st Century; Arbitrator, the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA); Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA); Member, Japanese American Society for Legal Studies; OB Former Member, Legal Consulting Association (Houritsu-Sodan-sho) in the University of Tokyo


The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1975)

Japan: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Independent local firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Independent local firms

In recent highlights, the team at Ushijima & Partners advised a client on Chinese foreign investment regulations pertaining to its investment in a joint venture business. It also represented a Japanese REIT in a hostile takeover proposal by an investment fund which stipulated it would acquire all of the client's property portfolios on the condition it dissolves. Practice co-head and managing partner Shin Ushijima is acting for a US-based fund seeking to acquire minority interests in several financial institutions in Japan, and Hiroshi Watanabe assisted a client with its acquisition of majority shares in a major European manufacturing company. Also notable are Masahiko Todo, Yoshimoto Kawamura and Rikisuke Yamanaka, who has strong experience in corporate governance, dispute resolution, internal investigations and procurement matters.

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Japan: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Independent local firms

Within: Dispute resolution – Independent local firms

Ushijima & Partners' Osamu Inoue and managing partner Shin Ushijima represented the Urban Renaissance Agency as one of the eight defendants in a suit filed by the owner of Muza Kawasaki symphony hall and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra to recover over JPY2bn damages following the destruction of the hall's ceiling during 2011's East Japan earthquake. In other highlights, employment law specialist Rikisuke Yamanaka acted for a major corporation in its stock-drop litigation against the directors of a paper manufacturer following its announcement of the issuance of a convertible bond, and Motohiro Kuroki is advising a leading multinational technology manufacturer on its dispute with a landlord arising from an alleged failure to restore a building to its original condition after termination of a lease. Hiroyasu Kageshima assisted a number of IT-service providers with actions brought by customers in connection with the cancellation of system development projects and recovery of damages incurred by the alleged failure of the project. Other key names include experienced antitrust partner Yoshimoto Kawamura, Hiroshi Watanabe and Masahiko Todo, who was part of the team acting in a family dispute over the ownership of assets in the estate of a deceased husband and father.

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Legal Developments in Japan

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    Q & A on Licensing in Japan 
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