Mori Hamada & Matsumoto > Tokyo, Japan > Firm Profile

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
TOKYO 100-8222

Japan > Antitrust and competition: Independent local firms Tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto's practice is rated by clients for being the 'gold-standard' for its handling of competition and antitrust cases. With considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional matters, the team is well placed to advise on international investigations, cross-border mergers, and abuse of dominance cases. Kenji Ito and Hideki Utsunomiya jointly lead the practice, specialising in antitrust counselling and antitrust policy issues respectively, with Utsunomiya regularly advising the government. Aruto Kagami is key for cartel investigations, while Yusuke Takamiya is proficient in providing compliance advice surrounding competition and antitrust matters. Of Counsel Saori Takekoshi is a name to note for cases in the IT and digital markets, while Tomoya Fujita is well placed to advise on the antitrust aspects of M&A mandates.

Practice head(s):

Kenji Ito; Hideki Utsunomiya


‘The Mori Hamada antitrust team is first rate. Their substantive advice is spot on, responsiveness is exemplary. ’

‘I would single out Hideki Utsunomiya and Kenji Ito.’

‘Excellent competition team. One of the best in Japan with specialist lawyers that can provide us with advice on any competition issue from mergers and acquisitions to behavioural issues. ’

‘Yusuke Takamiya and Aruto Kagami are both excellent with great expertise of competition law and international experience. ’

‘The gold-standard firm for Japanese matters! Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is the firm of choice for US firms or clients looking for top-tier representation from the Japanese bar.’

‘I have worked with several Japanese firms, and I have found the Mori Hamada team to be among the best. They are adept at handling crisis situations and think very strategically.’

‘The team is very responsive and provides practical advice for clients and they have a good relationship with JFTC.’

‘Kenji Ito is excellent and responsive.’

Key clients

Hitachi, Ltd.

Japan > Banking and finance: Independent local firms Tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto‘s practice is lauded by clients for its ‘extensive knowledge‘ and ‘excellent lawyers‘. Leading the 150-strong team of partners and lawyers is Masanori Sato, who is especially adept at advising on issues in the energy and infrastructure sectors; this includes advice on infrastructure funds, sustainable finance, carbon credit transactions, and the privatisation of airports. For syndicated loans and LBOs, Hiroki Aoyama is a key contact, while Takahiro Kobayashi is a name to note for structured finance and securitisation work. Kei Shirakawa is adept at advising on project financing and leveraged financing issues, and Yusuke Suehiro focuses on LBO, project and structured financings.

Practice head(s):

Masanori Sato

Other key lawyers:


‘The firm has many excellent lawyers enrolled, but also has a remarkable attitude of aiming for the optimal solution after accurately grasping the client’s intentions.’

‘They have extensive knowledge.’

‘Hiroki Aoyama has deep knowledge and experience about syndicated loan arrangements and documentation.’

‘Yuki Matsuda has a wealth of knowledge about M&A finance for small and medium-sized enterprises and suggests ways to solve problems.’

‘The most important consideration is their legal advice and capability to provide solutions, and we think they have done a great job.’

Key clients

The Japanese Bankers Association

Japan Syndication and Loan-trading Association

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Inc.

Prudential Mortgage Capital Company

Softbank Corp.

GE Japan Corporation

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Work highlights

  • Advised Marelli on a debt restructuring.
  • Advised on a whole business securitisation arranged by Mizuho Securities, Ltd. in respect to a nationwide telecoms tower sharing business.

Japan > Capital markets: Independent local firms Tier 1

The practice at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is praised by clients for displaying 'great teamwork', and 'profound insight' when handling both domestic and international matters, including securities offerings, initial public offerings, euro-convertible bond offerings, and debt offerings. Recent work for the practice includes representing domestic and overseas names such as Japan Bank for International Cooperation, NTT Finance Corporation, and Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. The team is jointly headed by Katsumasa Suzuki and Taro Omoto, who lead on the capital markets side, and Masanori Sato and Akira Ehira, who lead the structured finance and derivatives part of the team. Key contacts within the team include the 'client-oriented' Katsuyuki Tainaka, 'stand-out' of counsel Yu Nimura, and the 'outstanding' Toshimitsu Nemoto.

Practice head(s):

Katsumasa Suzuki; Taro Omoto; Masanori Sato; Akira Ehira


‘Toshimitsu Nemoto is outstanding. He has a good sense of balancing risk management and new initiatives.’

‘All members of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto provided us with appropriate and well-thought-out advice in a timely manner. They are highly experienced in the field.’

‘Toshimitsu Nemoto has broad knowledge and experience across capital markets. He understands very well what we want and advises exactly what to do to solve the issues from practical stand points.’

‘They provided very high level and quick responses, giving reasonable advice not only from legal perspectives but also from commercial perspectives.’

‘Great teamwork and profound insight.’

‘Katsuyuki Tainaka is always client-oriented and provides us with excellent solutions.’

‘Yu Nimura is a stand-out associate in terms of his engagement and dedication to the transactions and clients.’

Key clients

SBI Shinsei Bank, Limited

Goldman Sachs International

J.P. Morgan Securities

Merrill Lynch International

Morgan Stanley & Co. International

Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd.

Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd.

UBS AG, London Branch

Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.

Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.,

Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited

Japan Bankers Association

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Canadian Solar Infrastructure Fund, Inc.

Enex Infrastructure Investment Corporation

Takara Leben Infrastructure Fund


SoftBank Group Corp.

Marubeni Corporation

Nippon Life Insurance Company

Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd.

Toyota Industries Corporation

Daiwa House REIT Investment Corporation

Mori Hills REIT Investment Corporation

PGIM Real Estate Finance, LLC

Tosei Asset Advisors, Inc.

SUMCO Corporation

Nippon Paint Holdings Co., Ltd.


VisasQ Inc.


Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd.

SBI Sumishin Net Bank, Ltd.

Socionext Inc.

NTT Finance Corporation

Nippon Prologis REIT, Inc.

Daiwa House Logistics Trust

Enex Infrastructure Investment Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd. and Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd. on the global offering of shares.
  • Advised SBI Sumishin Net Bank, Ltd., SBI Holdings, Inc. and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited on the global IPO of shares.
  • Advised Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. in respect to the financing for JTOWER Inc. based on the economic value and cash flow realised from telecommunications towers acquired from NTT DOCOMO, Inc., through a whole business securitisation scheme arranged by MHSC.

Japan > Corporate and M&A: Independent local firms Tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s corporate practice is lauded by clients for its ‘extremely high performers‘ and for being ‘reliable in difficult situations‘. Practice heads Hajime Tanahashi and Gaku Ishiwata have specialisms within private equity and venture financing, while the wider practice is able to assist clients with matters such as corporate restructurings, cross-border acquisitions, international mergers, joint ventures, squeeze-out transactions, and shareholder activism. The team, which also includes notable contacts Akira Matsushita and Atsushi Oishi, has a particular strength in the technology sector, as well as experience within the manufacturing, banking, financial services, pharmaceuticals and energy industries. Norihito Sato is commended for providing ‘thoughtful and practical solutions’ for clients.

Practice head(s):

Hajime Tanahashi; Gaku Ishiwata

Other key lawyers:

Akira Matsushita; Atsushi Oishi; Norihito Sato; Yoshihiro Kojima; Masaaki Hirota


‘The firm expertly handled the negotiations with their knowledge, experience, and skill in crafting creative solutions to accommodate and satisfy the needs of all parties, while taking care to protect our interests.’

‘Strong ability to communicate with customers and team strength to respond to diverse customer needs.’

‘Norihito Sato has deep knowledge of the customer’s industry and a strong ability to communicate with customers.’

‘They have lots of lawyers with M&A experience, and are reliable in difficult situations.’

‘Yoshihiro Kojima and Masaaki Hirota are outstanding. Both of them know our investment banking business well, and are very reliable “partners” in M&A advisory situations.’

‘Norihito Sato is very good at coming up with thoughtful and practical solutions to accommodate the different parties, while making sure to protect our interests.’

‘They are extremely high performers for tough negotiations with the counter party, providing high level scheme and negotiation strategies, and preparing contract drafts in a timely manner.’

Key clients

Softbank Group Corp.


Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Nomura Securities Co.

Houlihan Lokey

Z Holdings Corporation

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

UBS Asset Management AG

The Crosby Group

Work highlights

  • Advised on the investment by Mizuho Financial Group in Rakuten Securities.
  • Advised on KKR’s acquisition of Hitachi Transport System.
  • Advised on the acquisition of one of the largest real estate asset managers in Japan, Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty, by KKR from Mitsubishi and UBS Asset Management.

Japan > Dispute resolution: Independent local firms Tier 1

Leveraging support from the firm’s bankruptcy, employment, tax, and corporate teams, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto assists cryptocurrency, renewable energy, and automotive clients with cross-border litigation, international arbitration, and tax disputes. Mugi Sekido and Kana Manabe jointly lead the practice, while Daniel Allen handles international commercial and construction arbitration proceedings. Koichiro Iida is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Mugi Sekido; Kana Manabe

Other key lawyers:


‘Kana Manabe is fully devoted to her clients. She is as incisive as she is decisive. Her team is diverse, and she is pleasure to work with. ’

‘Kana Manabe has deep knowledge of local matters.’

‘Mugi Sekido stands out for his very fast response time, and his intercultural sensitivity is unique.’

‘Mugi Sekido is commercial, solution focused, responsive, and practical. ’

‘Mugi Sekido has a deep understanding and extensive experience of handling international conflict for many Japanese clients.’

‘The team stands out for their very fast response time and clear recommendations for action.’

‘They are responsive, commercial, great at forming teams, and working with clients. ’

‘Their size, organisational strength, and network make them standout.’

Key clients

SoftBank Corp.

Japan Post Co.

Yamato Transport Co.


Toshiba Corporation

Daio Paper Corporation


Eksportfinans ASA

Tokyo Boeki Materials, Ltd.

Coincheck, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Japan Post Co. in defence of claims brought under the Labour Contract Act by a high number of fixed-term employees over differences between the terms and conditions of their employment contracts and those of employees employed permanently.
  • Represented Toshiba Corporation in defence of claims brought by former or current shareholders in tort alleging improper disclosure of financial information by Toshiba in past years.
  • Represented Coincheck, Inc. in respect of lawsuits seeking compensation launched by investors after the client was hacked in January 2018, resulting in the theft of approximately JPY58 billion in cryptocurrency NEM.

Japan > Fintech - Independent local firms Tier 1

Praised for its ‘longstanding strong connections’ with Japanese regulatory authorities, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto assists domestic and international clients with issues such as the implementation of payment services, the building and operation of exchange platforms for crypto products and regulatory assistance for crowdfunding services. The team also wins plaudits for its handling of digital transformation mandates for financial institutions and financial services intermediation work. Co-head of the practice Masakazu Masujima, a council member of numerous Japanese Government policy committees, is a key contact for mandates involving money transmissions and crypto-assets. Fellow co-head Takane Hori centres her practice on IT and regulated transactions. Atsushi Okada completes the leadership team. Masayuki Ishibashi is embedded in work relating to security token offerings, while Masafumi Masuda is an expert on NFTs. Katsuya Terai is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Masakazu Masujima; Takane Hori; Atsushi Okada


‘Mori Hamada & Matsumoto Law Firm has a reputation and credibility as one of Japan’s top firms. This is difficult to achieve without longstanding strong connections with the authorities, but on this point, we can trust this firm.’

‘Our company has engaged Masafumi Masuda as our legal adviser. Even in the unique and innovative field of blockchain games, he offers extremely logical and appropriate perspectives, taking into consideration the background of the business.’

‘I have engaged the firm for over ten years. The firm has been consistently very competent and diligent in the assistance they provide. The firm’s client service, commercial awareness and value for money is very good.’

‘I have been working closely with Mr. Masafumi Masuda, a partner at the firm. Mr. Masuda possess the ability to deal with very complex legal issues especially in the computer mobile application, blockchain, and fintech space with excellent problem solving skills, good drafting and well-honed legal technical skills.’

Key clients

Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures, Inc.

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited

GMO Internet, Inc.



JustInCase, Inc.



TIS Inc.

MEDIA DO Co., Ltd.


Futu Holdings Limited

Seven Bank

Tosei Asset Advisors, Inc.

Culture Convenience Club Company


Kort Valuta



bajji, Inc.

double Inc.

Sony Bank Incorporated

JCB Co., Ltd.

Accenture Japan Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted Seven Bank with its intergroup reorganisation whereby Seven Card Service (the operator of the nanaco e-money service and a credit card business) was transferred to Seven Bank, Ltd.
  • Assisted Tosei Asset Advisors, Inc. as it utilised the GK-TK scheme to securitise real estate.
  • Assisted Culture Convenience Club Company & CCC MK HOLDINGS in respect to a capital and business alliance with the SMBC Group that resulted in a new points brand.

Japan > Intellectual property: Independent local firms Tier 1

Headquartered in Tokyo with a broad international scope, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is recognized for its comprehensive IP service and depth of experience with infringement cases involving patents, designs, trade marks, copyrights and invalidation trials. Recent expansion of the practice into China, involving local IP prosecutions and contentious matters, exemplifies the firm’s globalist outlook whilst maintaining its impressive client roster of domestic cross-sector companies. Yutaka Miyoshi, who has broad experience in complex, cross-border IP litigation, co-leads the team with Yoshifumi Onodera, who leverages his academic background in chemistry and biology to take lead on disputes requiring a high level of technical expertise. They are joined by Atsushi Okada, who handles disputes and transactions across a broad range of fields, and Tetsushi Kamimura, a specialist in disputes and copyright infringement cases in entertainment, TV broadcasting and internet-related technologies. Hideaki Kuwahara is notable for his expertise in IT-related disputes and handles IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Yutaka Miyoshi; Yoshifumi Onodera; Atsushi Okada

Other key lawyers:


‘Profound business approach when it comes to handling of legal matters, which is sometimes difficult to find in Japan.’

‘Yoshi Onodera is very proactive, business driven and flexible. Very reliable performance.’

‘MHM produces regular newsletters informing its clients on the latest developments in the areas of new technologies such as AI and metaverse, Web3, following activities by the government and summarizing key points.’

‘MHM lawyers have provided flexible support service depending on the budget and level of importance, complexity of the matters on case-by-case basis, according to our needs/requests. MHM lawyers have made themselves available despite tight schedule in times of need.’

Key clients

Shiseido Company, Limited

Pan Pacific International Holdings Corporation

Kowa Company, Ltd.

Work highlights

Japan > Investment funds: Independent local firms Tier 1

Yasuzo Takeno and ‘very seasoned lawyer’ Ken Miura head up Mori Hamada & Matsumoto‘s team. Miura ‘has a strong relationship with financial regulators’ and leads many regulatory matters for the team, while Takeno has strong knowledge of investment fund law and is praised as ‘one of the best lawyers in the investment fund and asset management business in Japan’. The group ‘has high quality lawyers advising the highest quality clients’, and has notable expertise assisting a high proportion of new non-Japanese funds looking to invest in Japan. Nobuharu Onishi ‘has become the go-to lawyer in the practice for investment funds’, praised as ‘very commercial, hands-on and technically exceptional’.

Practice head(s):

Yasuzo Takeno; Ken Miura

Other key lawyers:

Nobuharu Onishi; Keita Nakano


The leading and dominant law firm in the arena of publicly offered offshore (non-Japanese) funds in Japan. The firm has great expertise and experience in this arena.’

‘Ken Miura is a very seasoned lawyer. He has a strong relationship with financial regulators.’

‘I think that the team is very useful for investment funds. Each member of the team has a deep knowledge and understanding of the investment fund business. They understand our intentions of the solutions for the problems and give us prompt replies and good advice.’

‘Yasuzo Takeno is one of the best lawyers in the field of investment fund and asset management in Japan. Takeno has a profound and practical knowledge of the investment fund business in Japan and foreign countries. In addition, he has a deep knowledge and understanding of the investment fund business in Cayman Islands and Luxembourg. I think that one of his strengths is his ability to understand the clients’ business well.’

‘Nobuharu Onishi knows our business very well and he always brings solutions to our customers.’

‘They have high quality lawyers advising the highest quality clients. They are one of the go-to firms for investment funds. They lead the market in terms of technical advice and innovative products.’

‘Nobuharu Onishi has become the go-to lawyer in the practice for investment funds. Very commercial, hands-on and technically exceptional. Yasuzo Takeno and Ken Miura are the legal statesmen of the Japanese investment funds industry. Keita Nakano is one to watch.’

Japan > Labour and employment: Independent local firms Tier 1

The group at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto fields ‘many excellent lawyers who have a lot of specialities and cover a wide range of employment issues‘. These include the group co-heads; litigators Chisako Takaya and Taichi Arai, and Yoshikazu Abe, who is prised for his ‘wealth of experience and knowledge of labour matters’. Elsewhere, Shiho Ono is known for representing corporations in labour related dispute resolution and is described by one client as ‘an outstanding Japanese employment lawyer, providing excellent practical advice’. The group also has a strong international presence, including a presence across East Asia, which it leverages on cross-border work. Fumiko Hama was promoted to the partnership in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Chisako Takaya; Taichi Arai; Yoshikazu Abe

Other key lawyers:

Shiho Ono; Fumiko Hama; Masahiro Ueda


‘This firm has many excellent lawyers. They have a lot of specialities and cover a wide range of employment issues.’

‘Yoshikazu Abe has a wealth of experience and knowledge of labour matters and he always gives us appropriate advice.’

‘Response from the team is timely.

‘Shiho Ono is an outstanding Japanese employment lawyer. She provides excellent practical advice and is my first point of call when my clients require Japan employment law assistance. Her advice is crystal clear, concise and practical. I highly recommend Shiho.’

‘They are always very quick to respond to all of our questions and issues that we face. If the questions/cases are simple, they provide us with the detailed legal practice to follow. If the cases are complicated and sensitive, they carefully choose words to negotiate with other parties that we have a problem with for amicable resolution.’

‘Yoshikazu Abe is the partner I work with on labour dispute issues. He is super helpful and he is very quick at replying to my inquiries. He provides insightful and practical legal advice to me. I really appreciate him.’

‘Usually, two to three attorneys assist us with each case, and I have nothing but gratitude for the advice and the speed of the advice.’

‘Chisako Takaya has an exceptional knowledge especially in labour law and employment related matters. She tries to solve the issues whilst understanding cultural differences. Their qualities are extraordinary. I value their work so much. I cannot appreciate enough that they are with us.’

Key clients

Japan Post Co., Ltd.

ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Shiseido Corporation

Bayer Holding Ltd.

ispace, inc.

XL Catlin Japan Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Japan Post in various types of class-action litigation, which were filed between 2020-2021 with Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kochi, Fukuoka and Nagasaki District Courts.
  • Assisted Shiseido Corporation with all aspects of HR and labour relations.
  • Successfully representing Bayer Holding in a labour dispute.

Japan > Private wealth: Independent local firms Tier 1

In tandem with the firm’s tax practice, the private wealth practice at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto provides a ‘unique‘ one-stop-shop service to its clients, spanning M&A, corporate reorganisations and estate planning. Practice co-head and ‘leading expert‘ Atsushi Oishi advises an extensive client list, including both wealthy individuals and listed and private companies, on cross-border transactions. The firm’s strong litigation practice further bolsters the private wealth team; Makoto Sakai, who leads the team alongside Oishi, has a wealth of experience in tax investigations and tax litigation for high-net-worth individuals and Hiroshi Oyama handles tax disputes, providing ‘accurate and reliable‘ advice. Senior associate Yoshihiko Abe advises high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on a range of wealth management planning matters. Promoted to partner in 2023, Koyo Madakoro is a licensed tax accountant who specialises in wealth management. Tax accountant Yuko Maruyama is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Atsushi Oishi; Makoto Sakai


‘Their answer is always satisfactory to the client and the client respects their professional attitude and advice in practice.’

‘Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has a unique offering in the field of private wealth that is not seen in other law firms in Japan. They have specialised expertise and strengths not only in legal matters, but also in taxation and trusts.’

‘We consider Oishi to be a leading expert in family governance in Japan. When supporting family governance for large family businesses, we heavily rely on Oishi’s expertise.’

Oyama has gained high trust in taxation judgment due to his experience as a secondee to the National Tax Authority. Not only do we rely heavily on Oyama for supporting family businesses, but we also rely on him for cases where taxation is a difficult problem. We always find Oyama’s advice accurate and reliable.’

‘The firm covers both legal and tax practices for UHNW individuals and families in Japan. The team also maintains a tax accountant office. For business families, such nature of MHM’s Wealth Management team is positively accepted.’

‘Atsushi Oishi is the partner leading MHM’s wealth management practice team. He is active in sourcing potential clients from major financial institutions, wealth managers, and within their firm. His way of thinking is to avoid legal disputes among family members and/or families against other stakeholders for the benefit of his clients. It makes wealth management clients a bit comfortable compared with other major law firms to face legal disputes.’

‘Koyo Madokoro is a certified tax accountant in Japan and a partner of MHM’s wealth management team. His expertise is rooted in his experience at tax accounting firms and it makes wealth management clients more comfortable’.

Work highlights

Japan > Projects and energy: Independent local firms Tier 1

The projects and energy team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is jointly led by Masanori Sato, Takahiro Kobayashi, Takeshi Mukawa, Naoki Ishikawa, and Shigeki Okatani. The group’s expertise spans a range of areas within the energy sector, encompassing biomass projects, photovoltaic projects and power plant construction projects, and has seen an increasing number of instructions in corporate PPA matters. It also handles energy-related construction and project financing transactions. With the addition of Yuko Nihonmatsu and Mihoko Shima to the team in 2022, the group continued to strengthen its position in the PFI/PPP space. Among the sizeable team, Kei Shirakawa advises both project finance lenders and borrowers on energy and infrastructure projects and renewable energy transactions; Okatani has an established position in the offshore wind market in Japan; Yusuke Murakami represents the Japanese government in various offshore wind projects;  and Hironobu Noma has experience in a range of PFI projects and project finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Masanori Sato; Takahiro Kobayashi; Takeshi Mukawa; Naoki Ishikawa; Shigeki Okatani


‘I have closely worked with MHM team for a renewable project in Japan. MHM combines legal, commercial and even technical aspects. The firm is an outstanding firm with integrity and empathy. Their advice were not only risk adverse but also creative to tackle a difficult situation by actionable solutions.’

‘Hironobu Noma is a remarkable lawyer. His in-depth knowledge is not limited to legal, but extends to financial, commercial and engineering matters. His remarkable business skills helped us to bridge finance and engineering. Without his support, we have never ever achieved financial close and involved the new financial facilities applied for the first time in the country.’

‘Deep knowledge of renewable energy industry in Japan and swift and timely responses.’

‘Takahiro Kobayashi has a deep knowledge of the renewable energy industry in Japan and provides flexible and practical solutions.’

Key clients

JERA Co., Inc.

Marubeni Corporation

Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.

TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) Holdings, Inc., TEPCO Renewable Power, Inc.

ENEOS Corporation

Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted as the lead legal counsel to Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. (MHSC) regarding the JTOWER Inc. financing based on the economic value and cash flow realised from telecommunications towers acquired from NTT DOCOMO, Inc., through a project-financing-like whole business securitisation scheme arranged by MHSC.
  • Acted as a counsel to Enewill Inc. and Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., and assisted in drafting and negotiation of project related contracts and project financing in a major biomass power plant.
  • Advised METAWATER Co., Ltd., Veolia Jenets K.K., ORIX Corporation and other sponsors on a PPP project for Miyagi Prefecture’s water supply service, industrial waterworks business, and sewerage service.

Japan > Real estate and construction: Independent local firms Tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is praised by clients for its 'abundant' knowledge and experience of real estate and capital markets related issues, with the highly experienced team exhibiting expertise across the full spectrum of real estate issues, from development and acquisition to leasing and divestment. The firm also leverages its international strength to advise Japanese clients looking to develop or acquire properties overseas. Real estate financing is another key focus area for the team, with practice head Eriko Ozawa advising numerous private real estate funds on investments. Satoru Hasumoto has deep expertise in all forms of financial regulation, while Fuyuki Uchitsu contributes to the team’s security token offerings capabilities. The firm’s strong capital markets practice bolsters the team’s J-REIT offering, with Masahito Saeki having broad knowledge of both Japan and ASEAN REIT markets. The 'outstandingTakahiro Sato regularly advises private REITs, J-REITs and listed infrastructure funds.

Practice head(s):

Eriko Ozawa

Other key lawyers:

Naoki Ishikawa; Satoru Hasumoto; Masahito Saeki; Takahiro Sato; Fuyuki Uchitsu


‘Ability, experience and scale to prepare contracts required for real estate securitization; ability to explain simply and clearly to the person in charge; familiarity with the management of real estate transactions in Japan; flexibility and quick response required to execute transactions; and readiness to respond to the latest legal regulations and trends.’

‘Takahiro Sato is familiar with the practice of securitisation of real estate in Japan. In addition, he assumes Japanese judicial practice and drafts contracts in accordance with the terminology of Japanese law. He does not overestimate his abilities and acts in the interests of his clients, enlisting the help of other lawyers in the firm when necessary.

‘There is an abundance of excellent human resources. Speedy and accurate responses. They provide a wealth of information and seminars on related work, and offer services that contribute to the client’s business even if there is no specific request for work.’

‘Masahiro Saeki is not only familiar with Japanese real estate fund schemes in general, but also with overseas schemes, and can provide appropriate advice when working with overseas funds.’

‘MHM has a deep knowledge of Financial Instruments and Exchange Act and Act on Investment Trusts and Investment Corporations, and has accumulated a wealth of these cases, and is able to provide prompt and accurate legal responses in these areas. MHM always obtains information on new legislative, examines their impact on practice, and provides that information to clients quickly.’

‘MHM’s members have abundant knowledge and experience of the real estate and capital market practice and has provided us advice which is not only legally correct but also constructive and practical based on the deep understanding of our business and situations as well as the latest market trends. Saeki is outstanding in the field of J-REITs and listed infrastructure funds. ’

‘Each person in charge presents the best explanations and solutions to the legal questions and problems we want to solve, with a sense of speed and punctuality. Additionally, Masahito Saeki’s abundant experience and cross-cutting knowledge in the industry, as well as legal interpretations of issues and proposals for response policies, are extremely helpful in my work.’

Key clients

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited

Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. and Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Diamond Realty Management Inc.

Mitsubishi Corporation

Goldman Sachs Asset Management Co., Ltd.

PGIM Real Estate Finance

Google Inc.

Government Pension Investment Fund

Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.

Baring Private Equity Asia

Work highlights

  • Advised Hulic on the acquisition of Otemachi Place (East Tower).
  • Advised a U.S. investment fund on the bulk acquisition of more than 1300 share house properties, together with obtaining real estate financing.
  • Advised UBS Asset Management on the divestment of Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty.

Japan > Restructuring and insolvency: Independent local firms Tier 1

Maintaining its established position in the market, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has experienced growth in the number of in out-of-court cases it handles, with the restructuring and insolvency team provides its clients with out-of-court workouts and pre-packaged reorganisations. The practice advises on the full range of Japanese bankruptcy and reorganisation proceedings, spanning a variety of sectors and jurisdictions. Practice co-head Takahiro Inou is often involved in cross-border insolvency cases across Asia. Inou leads the team alongside Ryota Yamasaki and Soichiro Fujiwara, who are both restructuring, litigation and M&A specialists. The group acts for a diverse client list which includes debtors, creditors and financial advisors, as well as financially distressed or insolvent clients. Dai Katagiri regularly advises domestic and foreign clients, taking a lead role in a number of the team’s restructuring and bankruptcy cases.

Practice head(s):

Soichiro Fujiwara; Ryota Yamasaki; Takahiro Inou

Other key lawyers:


‘Abundant track record in revitalisation projects for Japanese global companies. Capable of handling finance, markets, M&A, antitrust law, business revitalisation, and all other areas.’

‘Top experts in Japanese corporate turnaround and distressed workout. Top notch both on the deal making side and the litigation side, very well connected in the industry and has insightful and unique approaches. Can rely on them for the documentation, due diligence, and the actual in court proceedings.’

‘Always worked with Soichiro Fujiwara and Takahiro Inou, both partners who know the deals and have vast experience of working with active market participants in Japan.’


Key clients

Marelli Holdings Co., Ltd.

Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

CEF Co.,Ltd.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Mizuho Bank, Ltd

Advantage Partners, Inc.

Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Marelli Holdings Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries in the first case in Japanese history where the debtor used simplified rehabilitation proceedings as a tool to ‘cramdown’ minority lenders.
  • Represented Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd in its turnaround ADR.
  • Advised CEF Co.,Ltd. on successfully completing its plan to acquire the business of a retail electricity supplier by using bankruptcy proceedings.

Japan > Risk management and investigations: Independent local firms Tier 1

The team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, which has ‘the expertise of a lawyer and the practical abilities of a businessman’, possesses substantial proficiency in crisis management work and investigations, handling both domestic and international bribery, corruption, unfair competition and insider trading matters. Department co-head Yasuhiko Fujitsu specialises in capital market-related issues, including irregularities, insider trading, and market manipulation mandates, while working closely with cross-border crisis and risk management specialist and co-head Hideaki Umetsu. Fellow co-head Hiroshi Yamauchi focuses on internal investigations and criminal matters. Senior associates Takaaki Kanayama and Kazuhito Imaizumi further bolster the team, with extensive experience in criminal cases, internal investigations, regulatory affairs, and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Yasuhiko Fujitsu; Hideaki Umetsu; Hiroshi Yamauchi

Other key lawyers:

Suguru Miyata; Hiromasa Arai; Takaaki Kanayama; Kazuhito Imaizumi


‘Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is one of the few Japanese law firms that can respond very quickly, globally and provide reliable solutions.’

‘Mr. Hiroshi Yamauchi is fully experienced in compliance-related matters and can provide reliable solutions to the clients based on his great experience.’ 

‘The risk management team of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is very responsible to the client and supports many clients with regard of forensic investigations.’

‘Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is the most famous team as the legal practice has deep experience in the investigation of accounting fraud in Japan. We are very satisfied their performance.’

‘Mr. Yasuhiko Fujitsu, is the one of the most famous lawyers who has deep experience. Mr. Suguru Miyata is also experienced in the investigation of accounting fraud in Japan and he had been in the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission. They have conducted an outstanding performance.’

‘They have the expertise of a lawyer and the practical ability of a businessman. They are what clients hope for when facing serious incidents.’

‘A mindset that never forgets humour even in tough situations.’

‘The team has a very strong technical ability and expertise to handle very complex transactions including cross-border disputes. They always provide consistent, timely advise and solutions.’

Key clients

Japan Display Inc.

Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.


KYB Corporation

Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.

Japan > Tax: Independent local firms Tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto‘s tax practice has a particular focus on tax planning, with additional expertise in advising on estate planning for high-net-worth individuals, the tax implications of mergers and acquisitions, and cross-border transactions. The team is jointly headed up by Atsushi Oishi, Makoto Sakai, and Hiroyuki Kurihara, who have significant experience in tax investigations, private wealth management, and tax planning for cross-border mergers and acquisitions, respectively. Clients are also offered tax advisory services by licensed tax accountants, as well as wealth management advice. Hiroshi Oyama is recommended for his work in tax planning and tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Atsushi Oishi; Makoto Sakai; Hiroyuki Kurihara

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ministry of Finance

Softbank Group Corp.

Johnson & Johnson

Baring Private Equity Asia


Shiseido Company

Astellas Pharma

Houlihan Lokey


Sumitomo Electric Industries

Appier Group

Randstad Holding

UACJ Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Shiseido Company Limited on a cross-border carve-out deal regarding its personal care manufacturing business.
  • Advised Integral Corporation on its acquisition and re-capitalisation of Oliver Corporation.
  • Advised Kamiyama Marugoto College of Design, Engineering and Entrepreneurship on the establishment of a donation scheme using a general incorporated association fund system.

Japan > TMT: Independent local firms Tier 1

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto continues to handle the full spectrum of TMT-related matters. The group displays vast experience in multinational restructuring, high-value transactions, regulatory matters, and IP litigation. The exceptional team is co-led by partners Koichiro Iida, Atsushi Okada, and Hiromi Hayashi. Iida advises a number of banks and tech companies on regulatory issues concerning data protection, Okada is well placed to handle mandates involving autonomous vehicles, drones, and digital health regulation, and Hayashi is known for advising on license requirements under the Radio Wave Act. For matters on cybersecurity, IT, and data protection, Daisuke Tsuta comes highly recommended. Norihito Sato has broad expertise in the automotive sector.

Practice head(s):

Koichiro Iida; Hiromi Hayashi; Atsushi Okada

Other key lawyers:


‘Experienced as a team, expertise, practical advice, quick responses on cases, and quick updates to the latest trends.’

‘Quick response time, good negotiation skills, and a wide variety of realistic alternatives.’

‘In the past, we worked with Mori Hamada & Matsumoto for the several M&A deals. Those deals were very complicated because my company has highly diversified businesses. Mori Hamada & Matsumoto had supported the deals with excellent experiences and knowledge. Thay can organize the complication of the deals and offer appropriate solution.’

‘Norihito Sato helped us with his diverse and sophisticated experience, knowledge and skills.’

‘As MHM is a full-lineup law firm, they can provide a one-stop services to clients. We usually assign this firm for M&A transaction and disputes, but we can ask them relevant areas, for instance, regulatory matters.’

‘The team has plenty of knowledge regarding autonomous driving and MaaS (Mobility as a Service) areas and connection with Japanese authorities.’

Key clients

Hitachi Ltd.

Toshiba Corporation

Z Holdings Corporation

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT)

SoftBank Group Corp.

Safie, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Hitachi, Ltd. on its disposition of Hitachi Metals, Ltd. to Bain Capital Private Equity, LP
  • Advised Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation on its capital restructuring of its subsidiaries including the split of the global business of NTT DATA Corporation, a listed subsidiary.
  • Advised Hitachi, Ltd. on the capital restructuring of Hitachi Astemo, Ltd. including issuance of preferred shares of Hitachi Astemo, Ltd. to JIC Capital, Ltd., a domestic private equity fund, and partial sale of Hitachi’s shares in Hitachi Astemo, Ltd. to Honda Motor Co. Ltd.

Firm overview: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (MHM) is one of the largest full-service Tokyo headquartered international law firms. A significant proportion of the firm’s work is international in nature, representing clients in cross-border transactions, litigation and other dispute resolution proceedings.

The firm’s professionals:
The firm has over 700 lawyers and 640 support staff including patent attorneys, licensed tax accountants, legal assistants and translators. Its senior lawyers include highly respected practitioners and leaders from the Japanese and international legal community, including prominent law professors from the University of Tokyo, and a former Prosecutor-General from the Public Prosecutors Office.
The firm also has experienced lawyers qualified in the US, England and Wales, the People’s Republic of China, Bangladesh, the Philippines, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and more.

MHM has offices in Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Takamatsu and Sapporo in addition to its Tokyo headquarters. The firm has very strong full-service local law practices in Bangkok (Chandler MHM Limited) and Yangon (Myanmar Legal MHM Limited) and it is expanding its range of local law services in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Jakarta (ATD Law in association with Mori Hamada & Matsumoto). It also has offices in Singapore (MHM ASEAN hub), Shanghai and Beijing. In September 2023, the firm opened an office in New York through which it will further bolster its relationships with peer firms and clients in the US and the broader Americas regions, and provide them with efficient access to MHM’s Japan and ASEAN network.
The firm has strong working relationships with leading firms throughout Asia (as well as in Europe and the Americas), which enables it to work for its clients as a single, integrated team.

Areas of practice: The firm is highly recognised by both clients and legal professionals in the following practice areas: Banking and finance; capital markets (including securitisation & derivatives and J-REITs); competition/antitrust; construction; corporate/M&A; crisis management; dispute resolution; employment; fintech; insurance; intellectual property; international trade; investment funds; life sciences; projects and energy; real estate; restructuring/insolvency; tax; technology, media and telecom (TMT); and private wealth law.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and commercial
Mergers and acquisitions
Capital markets
Structured finance
Asset management
Dispute resolution
Insolvency and restructuring
Intellectual property
Labour and employment
Tax, wealth management
Real estate
Criminal defence
China practice
Venture capital
Private equity funds
Projects, energy and infrastructure
Photo Name Position Profile
Yoshikazu Abe photo Mr Yoshikazu Abe
Daniel Allen photo Mr Daniel Allen Partner specializing in international arbitration
Hiroki Aoyama photo Mr Hiroki Aoyama Partner
Taichi Arai photo Mr Taichi Arai Partner
Akira Ehira photo Mr Akira Ehira Partner
Soichiro Fujiwara photo Mr Soichiro Fujiwara Pertner
Masayuki Ishibashi photo Mr Masayuki Ishibashi Partner
Kenji Ito photo Mr Kenji Ito Partner
Dai Katagiri photo Mr Dai Katagiri Partner
Takayuki Kihira photo Mr Takayuki Kihira Partner
Masafumi Masuda photo Mr Masafumi Masuda Partner
Masakazu Masujima photo Mr Masakazu Masujima Partner
Akira Matsushita photo Mr Akira Matsushita Partner
Yutaka Miyoshi photo Mr Yutaka Miyoshi Partner
Yusuke Murakami photo Mr Yusuke Murakami Partner: Projects & Energy, Banking & Finance, Construction
Yoshifumi ONODERA photo Mr Yoshifumi ONODERA Partner
Atsushi Oishi photo Mr Atsushi Oishi
Atsushi Okada photo Mr Atsushi Okada Partner
Shigeki Okatani photo Mr Shigeki Okatani Partner / Energy and Infrastructure
Nobuharu Onishi photo Mr Nobuharu Onishi Partner
Eriko Ozawa photo Ms Eriko Ozawa Partner
Makoto Sakai photo Mr Makoto Sakai M&A, tax, Private Client / Wealth Management
Norihito Sato photo Mr Norihito Sato Partner
Mugi Sekido photo Mr Mugi Sekido Litigation, Arbitration, Bankruptcy, Regulatory,Crisis Management
Katsumasa Suzuki photo Mr Katsumasa Suzuki Capital Markets, M&A, Asia Practice, Crisis Management.
Chisako TAKAYA photo Ms Chisako TAKAYA Partner
Katsuyuki Tainaka photo Mr Katsuyuki Tainaka Capital Markets and General Corporate
Yasuzo Takeno photo Mr Yasuzo Takeno Partner
Daisuke Tsuta photo Mr Daisuke Tsuta Counsel
Hideaki Umetsu photo Mr Hideaki Umetsu Partner
Hiroshi Yamauchi photo Mr Hiroshi Yamauchi Partner
Number of Lawyers : 709
Number of Partners : 181
Bahasa (Malay and Indonesia)

  • Advising global private equity giant KKR in its take-private acquisition of Hitachi Transport System at an estimated deal value of USD 4.63 billion
  • Advising UBS Asset Management in the sale of its stakes in Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty Inc. to the global private equity KKR in a deal valued at USD 2 billion
  • Advising telecommunication giant NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) in the merger of its international business with NTT DATA. The combined NTT and NTT DATA will have revenues of around USD 26.2 billion
  • Advising Mizuho Financial Group, the leading Japanese financial services group, in its acquisition of 19.99% stake in Rakuten Securities from Rakuten Group for USD 552 million
  • Advising global private equity firm Lone Star Funds (through one of its affiliates) in its acquisition of SENQCIA Corporation, a leading structural building materials company in Japan
  • Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd., Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd., and Japan Post Insurance Co., Ltd. In their JPY1.43 trillion concurrent global initial public offerings and global follow-on offerings
  • Integral Corporation, in its JPY20billion global initial public offering in 2023
  • NTT Finance Corporation in its JPY1 trillion senior notes offering and USD7 billion senior notes and EUR2 billion senior notes offering
  • Nippon Prologis REIT, Inc. in its JPY25 billion global follow on offering in 2023
  • Enex Infrastructure Investment Corporation in its JPY5 billion and JPY12 billion follow on offerings in 2023
  • Advised Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. (MHSC) in respect to the financing for JTOWER Inc. based on the economic value and cash flow realised from telecommunications towers acquired from NTT DOCOMO, Inc., through a whole business securitisation scheme arranged by MHSC
  • The Japanese Bankers Association and Japan Syndication and Loan-trading Association in connection with the permanent cessation of LIBOR and Euro Yen TIBOR
  • Represents Toshiba Corporation in lawsuits brought by former or current shareholders in tort alleging “improper” disclosure of financial information in past years
  • Acquisition of Otemachi Place (East Tower) for JPY 436 billion, which is the largest real estate transaction in Japan
  • Represents Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd., which operates 7-Eleven and other convenience stores in Japan, in its reorganization whereby Seven Card Service Co., Ltd. was transferred to Seven Bank, Ltd.
  • Provided assistance to the Independent Investigation Committee, which was established by ADK Holdings Inc., concerning the bribery charges against its president in relation to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Represented the founder of Sazaby League, Ltd. and another company in a first-ever tax dispute regarding the fair value of class stock and obtained a National Tax Tribunal decision in their favour, ordering the rescission in full of the tax authority’s disposition for taxation of at least JPY 8 billion
  • Represents Japan Post in famous class-action types of litigation under the Employment Contract Act, which were filed with Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kochi, Fukuoka and Nagasaki District Courts. Around 180 employees with fixed-term employment contract are plaintiffs
  • Marelli Holdings Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries, one of the world’s leading independent suppliers to the automotive industry with around 160 subsidiaries in more than 20 countries, in debt/capital restructuring through the combination of out-of-court corporate workout (Turnaround ADR) and in-court insolvency proceedings (simplified rehabilitation proceedings)
  • Sawai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., one of the leading generic pharmaceutical companies in Japan, in its investigation by the special investigation committee
  • Provides total legal support to Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)* with respect to its project assisting Japanese companies’ China business from China’s economic security/export controls perspectives
  • *JETRO, established pursuant to JETRO Act, is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world
  • Represents Mizuho Bank, MUFG Bank, and the Development Bank of Japan in project finance for Kitakyushu-Hibikinada Offshore Wind Farm
  • Advising Fortitude Re in $4 Billion annuity reinsurance transaction with Taiyo Life Insurance
  • Advising international law firms and clients in relation to disputes and compliance matters in Myanmar including providing advice and, in the case of disputes, expert opinions, on Myanmar law (including, recently, Myanmar contract law, foreign exchange regulations, telecommunications regulations, oil and gas law, insolvency law and enforcement of international arbitral awards)
  • Advised Myanmar Agro Exchange Public Company Limited in listing on the Yangon Stock Exchange. This is the first listing to be approved in Myanmar since 2020 and the eighth overall
  • Advised Kintetsu Group Holdings Co. Ltd. on its JPY 170 billion acquisition of Kintetsu World Express, Inc. a Japan based international forwarding company, through tender offer and subsequent procedure to make it a wholly owned subsidiary
  • Represented Japanese company Paidy Inc. as the target of PayPal, Inc., which acquired all of the shares of Paidy Inc., a, by way of share transfer, having already worked closely with the client to successfully support its growth to become a unicorn startup
  • Representation of a numerous number of founders and their families of Japanese listed companies and major non-listed companies in their private matters
  • Advised Mizuho Bank, Ltd. On a US$131 million investment in a leading Vietnamese fintech company, Online Mobile Services Joint Stock Company, operator of the leading fintech app MoMo

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (MHM) have adopted an MHM Diversity & Inclusion Policy and make every effort to realize the dynamic society expressed in the Policy.

MHM received the “2018 Family Friendly Award” from the Daini Tokyo Bar Association for such initiatives that we offer to the firm’s members to take maternity, childcare and family care leaves, which we recommend all members to take proactively, and we also provide a variety of systems for shortened work hours that members may choose according to their individual preferences or situations such as when they are providing childcare or family care. In addition, we have introduced a mentoring system for associates to consult with senior attorneys about balancing childcare and work, and financial assistance for childminding services. These systems are being used all members of the firm regardless of gender.

We also have a SOGI study group within the firm that holds periodic meetings and carries out awareness campaigns during Pride Month, and many members of the firm have participated in the activities of the Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network since its establishment, and we provide cooperation for its various projects.

In February 2019, we endorsed the viewpoint issued by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) supporting marriage equality in Japan. This endorsement was the first of its kind by a Japan-headquartered law firm and received media coverage.

The Financial Times published its 7th annual Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers report on 7 August 2020, in which we were highly commended among shortlisted candidates in the “Responsible Law Firms” category. The report highlighted MHM’s initiative to support the ACCJ’s statement that marriage equality in Japan will have economic benefits for the country.

We were also shortlisted in the category of “Outstanding Pro Bono Programme – Regional” in Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: Asia Pacific 2020 published by Chambers & Partners. Toru Ishiguro, Senior Advisor to the firm, and Yasuzo Takeno, Partner were also shortlisted in “Individual Lawyer of the Year” categories. We also received double awards for Pro Bono and Japan Domestic Law Advisers of the Year on Chambers Asia-Pacific & Greater China Region Awards 2022.

MHM actively participates in pro bono projects, including legal education projects and refugee assistance activities, mainly through team-based endeavors undertaken by our younger lawyers. Examples of these projects include:

  • In collaboration with one of our clients, a large global investment bank, a team of the firm’s younger lawyers gave a well-received legal lecture to junior-high-school and high-school students at a children’s home.
  • In collaboration with the Japan Association for Refugees, a team of the firm’s younger lawyers filed an application for refugee status on behalf of an applicant who has suffered persecution in Africa.
  • Some of the firm’s lawyers who are native speakers of English participated in a well-received English study camp for children of families with financial difficulties. On August 16, 2019, four of the firm’s lawyers participated in “Watashi no Mirai (My Future) Program,” an overnight program through which they provided law-related education to senior high school students in a children’s home.