Professional Summary

I started my career as a lawyer in 1995 and had worked with Baker & McKenzie for 19 years since then. I was on the corporate practice group of Baker & McKenzie, Tokyo. Among other things, I had been specializing in employment and labor laws and led the labor practice group of Baker & McKenzie, Tokyo. I had been recognized as one of leading lawyers in employment and labor law in Japan by various directories – including PLC Which Lawyer?, Best Lawyers, Chambers Asia – as well as other prominent legal support publications. Also, I have been acting as one of the core members of the Labor Law Special Committee of the Tokyo Bar Association, providing professional training to young lawyers and judges, and also used to be a part time teacher at the Aoyama Gakuin University, Graduate School of Law, from 2010 to 2013.

Practice Focus

As a labor law specialist, I have assisted a broad range of companies, in particular global companies, in various employment management matters, e.g. employment contracts, work rules, wage system, working hours system and dispatch/secondment/contract work arrangements. I provide advice on harassment, downsizing, dismissal and non-competition, and also represents companies in dispute settlement, negotiation, litigation, labor tribunal matters and collective bargaining. In particular, I often deal with unique employment law matters which arise in global companies, and advises on the adoption of overseas employment systems (wage system, code of ethics, etc.) in a Japanese workplace. Recently, I have been focusing on supporting non-Japanese nationals working in Japan and employees working at global companies, who need support in English. I am a rare lawyer in terms of labor law specialists because with English skill who can represent employees. Non-Japanese nationals and employees working at global companies may consult me in English with English documents.