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Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo
Shin-Tokyo Building 2F-246
3-3-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0005

Work Department

Labour and Employment / Dispute Resolution and Investigations




Admitted to practice in 1999 (Japan) and in 2004 (New York)
Komatsu, Koma & Nishikawa (1999-2000)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (2000-2017)
Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo (2017-)


Japanese and English


Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association (1999-present)
New York State Bar Association (2004-present)
Member of the Basic committee of the government’s Labour Policy Council (2017-present)


The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1997)
The Legal Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (1999)
Harvard Law School (LL.M., 2003)

Lawyer Rankings

Japan > Dispute resolution: Independent local firms

(Leading individuals: Bengoshi)

Akiko YamakawaVanguard Lawyers Tokyo

Known for its court skills, notably witness examination, Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo represents international clients in a range of litigation in Japan. Kazuki Okada is notable in dispute resolution and his expertise includes issues related to complex financial instruments, the right to privacy, defamation and the right to be forgotten, and representing global firms seeking to recover damages from fraud. A key specialism for the practice is employment disputes, where Akiko Yamakawa is the go-to expert. The firm also assists with internal and regulatory investigations related to issues such as employee misconduct, fraud and regulatory breaches.

Japan > Labour and employment: Independent local firms

(Leading individuals: Bengoshi)

Akiko YamakawaVanguard Lawyers Tokyo

Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo provides a full service to a global client base covering large redundancies, sexual and power harassment matters, complex non-compete cases and overtime issues. Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the firm has been active advising on furloughs, government subsidies, remote working and redundancies related to the crisis, as well as offering assistance with maintaining health and safety within the workplace. The growing team is co-led by experienced employment specialist Akiko Yamakawa and disputes expert Kazuki Okada.