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Shuji Yamaguchi

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Okabe & Yamaguchi

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Managing partner.


Handles cargo claims, charterplay disputes, aviation claims, domestic transport claims, maritime insurance claims, litigations, arbitrations and other maritime related cases. He represents all major Japanese underwriters.


He is an arbitrator of Tokyo Maritime Arbitration Commission and Japan Commercial Arbitration Association. He is a counsellor of Commercial Code (Transport and Maritime Law) for Ministry of Justice. He was the chair of the Maritime Law Committee from 2009 to 2011. Publications of note: he is a co-author and contributor of ‘International Cargo Insurance’ (Informa), ‘Maritime Law Handbook’ (Kluwer), ‘Getting the Deal Through Shipping in 32 jurisdictions’, ‘Hanrei Commentary of Civil Code Vol.1 General Rules’ (Seirin Shoin), ‘Yoken Jijitsu Taikei Maritime Law’ (Daiichi Hoki), ‘New International Jurisdiction Law from practical points of view’ (Shoji Homu), ‘Rotterdam Rules in Asia Pacific Region’ (Shoji Homu), ‘Handbook for International Multi-Modal Transport’ (JIFFA), ‘Best Selection of Judgments on International Business’ (Yuhikaku).


English, Japanese.


International Bar Association, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, International Union of Marine Insurance Professional Partners, Maritime Law Association, Aviation Law Association, International Private Law Association.


Kyoto University Faculty of Law.


Tokyo Nihombashi Rotary Club.

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Okabe & Yamaguchi is acting for Sompo Japan and other cargo underwriters in the headline MOL Comfort case. It is also assisting various cargo underwriters in a case concerning the loss of more than „600m in the Sunflower Daistsu ferry fire. Shuji Yamaguchi, who is cargo claim and maritime insurance specialist, and Hiroki Okabe, who heads the collision and salvage team, are highly recommended.

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