International Trade

By utilizing our accumulated expertise and global network, we advise clients on various issues of trade law, including the WTO Agreement, free trade agreements (FTAs), economic partnership agreements (EPAs), and investment treaties and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), as well as trade remedies, export controls and economic sanctions, and foreign direct investment (FDI).

We have one of the leading international trade law practices among Japan-based full-service law firms. We have assisted a number of corporations and government agencies on a broad range of international trade law issues, such as the WTO Agreement and WTO dispute settlement, FTAs and EPAs (e.g. TPP, EU-Japan EPA, and RCEP), investment treaties and ISDS, trade remedies, export controls and economic sanctions, and FDI.

We are experienced in providing legal support to foreign corporations in tackling potential trade barriers and trade-related regulations by utilizing our expertise in trade law and other relevant areas of legal practice. We also assist clients in negotiating with government agencies on trade-related regulatory issues and in the context of trade remedy investigations. In recent years, we have been dealing with a large number of cases related to export controls, economic security and sanctions, and trade-related human rights measures.

With our expertise and experience in the field, and our strong network with government agencies and professionals in other areas and jurisdictions, we are able to provide effective and efficient support to clients on a wide variety of international trade law issues.

WTO Agreement, FTAs, and EPAs

We provide legal support on international trade law issues arising from foreign business conducted in Japan and overseas business expansion by Japanese corporations. Our expertise covers the WTO Agreement and WTO dispute settlement, and FTAs and EPAs (e.g. TPP, EU-Japan EPA, UK-Japan EPA, and RCEP). We also support clients in negotiating with Japanese and foreign governments.

Our services include:

  • Providing legal analysis of trade- and investment-related measures of Japanese and foreign governments from the perspectives of the WTO Agreement, FTAs, and EPAs
  • Providing support for negotiations with government agencies
  • Providing legal advice on customs duties, rules of origin, government procurement, and WTO dispute settlement

Investment Treaties/ISDS

An investment treaty is an international legal agreement establishing the terms and conditions for private investment by nationals of one state in another state. Typical protections provided thereunder include national treatment (NT), most-favored nation (MFN) treatment, fair and equitable treatment, and protection against expropriation, as well as a framework for investors to initiate ISDS procedures against the government of a host state. Our lawyers have expertise in investment treaties and ISDS and provide legal support to clients on measures affecting investors and investment.

Our services include:

  • Providing legal advice on investment treaties
  • Providing legal support in ISDS procedures, including investor-state arbitration

Anti-Dumping/Trade Remedies

We provide support on anti-dumping (AD), countervailing duties (CVDs), and safeguard (SG) investigations by Japanese and foreign governments. We also assist clients in filing applications to impose AD duties and CVDs on low-priced imports from other countries.

Our services include:

  • Providing support on AD, CVDs, and safeguard investigations by Japanese and foreign governments
  • Providing support for filing applications to investigate AD or CVDs
  • Supporting negotiations with government agencies concerning the above

Export Controls and Economic Sanctions

We offer legal support on export controls under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act of Japan (FEFTA), as well as on export controls and economic sanctions of other countries, including under the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and China’s Export Control Act, in collaboration with professionals from other jurisdictions.

Our services include:

  • Providing legal advice on Japanese export controls (the “list” and “catch-all” regulations) under the FEFTA
  • Providing support in connection with U.S. regulations, such as EAR and the National Defense Authorization Act
  • Providing support in connection with China’s Export Control Act and Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law
  • Advising on economic sanctions and trade-related human rights issues


In recent years, many countries have implemented stricter rules of FDI out of growing economic security concerns. We provide legal advice on FDI regulations under the FEFTA and other relevant laws of Japan. We also assist clients in addressing investment regulations in other jurisdictions by utilizing our network with overseas professionals.

Our services include:

  • Providing legal advice on FDI regulations under the FEFTA and other relevant laws of Japan
  • Assisting clients in addressing investment regulations in other jurisdictions

International Trade:People

View All

International Trade:News

Top Ranking Received From Chambers Global 2021
Top Ranking Received From Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021
Public Service
Firm became the External Counsel of Advisory Centre on WTO Law (Geneva, Switzerland)
Top rankings received from Best Lawyers in the 10th edition of "The Best Lawyers in Japan"
Comments by Yusuke Hatakeyama, attorney-at-law, were featured in an Bloomberg BNA article titled "CPTPP Commission Tackles Dispute Settlement at First Meeting (1)" published on January 17, 2019

View All

International Trade:Seminars

Feb. 27, 2021External Seminars
"Tariff elimination and rules of origin of Japan-EU EPA and Japan-UK EPA"
Nov. 8, 2020External Seminars
"European Union Studies Association-Japan (EUSA-Japan) The 41st Annual Conference - Rules of Origin of Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement: Towards the Dissemination of Advanced Rules"
Sep. 20, 2020External Seminars
"6th General Assembly of the Japanese Association of International Business Law (2020) - Japan-US FTA's conformity with GATT Article 24"
Sep. 26, 2019External Seminars
IBA Annual Conference 2019 "Foreign investment regulation in the Asia Pacific region: implications for privately held companies"
Jul. 27, 2019External Seminars
『Recent Developments in EU’s FTA on Origin Certification and the Japan-EU FTA』

View All

International Trade:Publications

Magazine Article
"China Business Q&A: Data Security Law and China's National Security"
Magazine Article
"Targeted Dumping - Outcomes and Limits of Interpretation of the WTO Agreement"
Magazine Article
"Three Years in the "Supreme Court" of Trade Law - The Joy of Realizing the Rule of Law in the Field of International Law"
"Getting the Deal Through - Sanctions 2021 - Japan Chapter"
Magazine Article
"Latest WTO and Member Countries Case Law Analysis in Trade Remedies No. 71: Determination of Benchmarks in the Analysis on Adequacy of Remuneration and Zeroing of Negative Benefits in the Context of Calculation of Subsidies"

View All