Public Service Activities in 2014
Bar Association Activities
Many of our lawyers engage in pro bono activities in addition to their regular duties at the firm. Examples of activities in 2014 are provided below.
・Hiroko Yamamoto served as a member of the International Legal Cooperation Center of the Committee on International Relations, Japan Federation of Bar Associations.
・Shigehiko Ishimoto served as a member of the International Affairs Promotion Center, Japan Federation of Bar Associations.
・Katsuyuki Shibata served as a member of the Criminal Defense Center, Japan Federation of Bar Association; the Chairperson of the Committee on Lay Judge System, Daini Tokyo Bar Association; and the Chairperson of the Conference on Lay Judge System for the three bar associations in Tokyo.
・Takafumi Ochiai served as a member of the steering committee of the Arbitration Center, Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
During 2014, a total of 49 of the firm’s lawyers served as duty attorneys in 6 case and as court-appointed defense counsel in 21 cases, and provided free legal counsel in 12 cases.
Public Sector Activities
Many lawyers at the firm serve in internships at governmental offices or serve as members of various councils, research groups and advisory panels that participate in planning policies and drafting legislation.
■ Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
・Shigehiko Ishimoto served as a member of the Subcommittee on Unfair Trade Policies and Measures, Industrial Structure Council, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
・Minoru Sawaguchi served as a member of the “Subcommittee on Examining Best Practice for General Meetings of Shareholders” in the Study Group on Promotion of Dialog Between Companies and Investors for Sustainable Growth, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
・One lawyer was newly seconded to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2014 (in total, four lawyers were on secondment to METI in 2014).
■ Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)
・Kaoru Matsuzawa served as an Adviser for governance reinforcement of the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), Pension Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
・Shuya Nomura served as an Advisor to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
■ Ministry of Justice (MOJ)
・Ayako Ikeda served as a member of the Subcommittee for Legislation on International Jurisdiction (Regarding Personal Status Litigation Cases and Domestic Dispute Cases), Legislative Council, Ministry of Justice.
・Shuya Nomura served as a member of the Commercial Code (regarding transportation and maritime trade) Subcommittee, Legislative Council, Ministry of Justice.
・Some of the firm’s lawyers (listed below) prepared an English version of the section regarding the proposed revisions to the Myanmar Companies Act, which was included in the 2013 report on the study commissioned by the Ministry of Justice that was prepared and submitted by the firm in connection with the Project.
MHM lawyers involved:
Takeshi Mukawa; Takeshi Komatsu; Satoshi Nakamura; Kana Manabe; Tomohiro Bundo; Aki Tanaka; Naoto Shimamura; and Reina Fujita.
■ Financial Services Agency (FSA)
・Three lawyers were newly seconded to the Financial Services Agency in 2014 (in total, six lawyers were on secondment to the FSA in 2014).
■ Consumer Affairs Agency
・One lawyer was on secondment to the Consumer Affairs Agency in 2014.
■ Other public organizations
・Satoshi Kawai served as the Director of the Japan ADR Association.
・Satoshi Nakamura served as the Director of The Japan Academic Society for Ventures and Entrepreneurs.
・Junichi Tobimatsu served as a Board Member of the Japan Association of Arbitrators.
・Takeshi Mukawa served as a member of the Companies Act Advisory Group for the JICA Legal and Judicial Development Assistance Project in Myanmar.
・Takane Hori served as a Specialist Member of the Financial System Council (Working Group on Advancements in Payment and Other Related Services).
・Kaoru Kamata served as the Vice President of The Japan Association of Private Universities And Colleges.
・Shuya Nomura served as a member of the Committee for Rating Third party Committee Reports.
・Keiichi Tadaki served as a Consultant to the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
・Akihisa Tamaki served as a member of the Experts Committee for Handling of Legal Affairs by Small and Medium Enterprises, The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
・Takafumi Ochiai served as the Deputy Director-General of the Japan Association of Arbitrators.
・Yusuke Takamiya served as a member of the committee of experts relating to the operation of Tokyo emissions trading.
A number of lawyers from the firm teach at law schools, universities and legal organizations. In 2014, one lawyer was newly appointed to an educational institution to help foster the next generation of legal professionals.
The firm’s lawyers have also been actively working to train future legal professionals by accepting legal apprentices for practical training and training at a large-scale firm, as well as through other programs such as externships for students.
During the practical training and the training at a large-scale firm, Satoshi Kawai, Hideki Matsui and Chisako Takaya accepted and trained 16 legal apprentices, and other lawyers, including Takuya Iizuka and Katsuyuki Shibata, accepted nine externship students from the Chuo University Graduate School of Law, the Tokyo Metropolitan University and other law schools.
In 2014, 50 lawyers taught in 24 educational institutions (listed below) throughout Japan. These institutions vary from public universities and law schools to legal organizations.
The Center for Cooperative Research and Development, Iwate University
|Graduate School of Tohoku University||Takuya Iizuka|
|Tohoku University Law School||Satoshi Kawai, Ko Fujita and Akira Marumo|
Graduate Schools of Aoyama Gakuin University
|Hiroko Yamamoto and Atsushi Okada|
|Aoyama Gakuin University Law School||Masayuki Matsuda, Yoshifumi Onodera and Shinichiro Yoshiba|
|Keio University||Eriko Ishii|
|Keio University Law School||Harumichi Uchida, Susumu Masuda, Takuya Eguchi, Koichiro Iida and Hideki Utsunomiya|
|Seikei University||Hideaki Umetsu|
|Seikei University Law School||Masahiro Murakami|
|Graduate Schools of Chuo University||Hiroshi Takahashi and Takane Hori|
|Chuo University Graduate School of Law||Shuya Nomura, Masayuki Matsuda, Toshifumi Ueda, Yukinaga Kojima, Taro Omoto, Takayuki Kihira, Kentaro Minegishi and Itaru Adachi|
|The University of Tokyo||Hiroshi Takahashi, Hiroki Aoyama and Shiho Ono|
|The University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics||Shin Kikuchi, Junichi Tobimatsu and Yuto Matsumura|
|The University of Tokyo School of Law||Ryosuke Aihara, Shigehiko Ishimoto, Hiroyuki Kurihara and Yusuke Kobayashi|
|Graduate Schools of Hitotsubashi University||Masahiro Murakami, Yoshio Iteya, Seiichi Okazaki and Yohei Koyama|
|Hitotsubashi University Law School||Yoshio Iteya, Minoru Sawaguchi, Hiromasa Arai and Shota Ogawa|
|Waseda University||Kaoru Kamata|
|Waseda Law School||Kaoru Kamata, Hajime Tanahashi, Yukinaga Kojima, Tetsushi Kamimura, Takeshi Okuyama, Masaaki Ibaragi and Mitsuhiro Tateishi|
Nagoya University Law School
Kyoto University Law School
|Hajime Tanahashi and Gaku Ishiwata|
|Kinki University||Tsuyoshi Ikeda|
|University of St. Gallen, Switzerland||Takayuki Kihira|
|Cornell University Law School||Takayuki Kihira|
Public Service Activities in 2014：News
- Public Service
- Kaoru Matsuzawa became the adviser for the governance reinforcement of the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), Pension Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
- Public Service
- Shuya Nomura becomes an advisor to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
- Public Service
- Takeshi Mukawa became a member of the Companies Act Advisory Group for the JICA Legal and Judicial Development Assistance Project in Myanmar
- Public Service
- Shigehiko Ishimoto became the member of the Subcommittee on Unfair Trade Policies and Measures, the Industrial Structure Council of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
- Public Service
- Firm's lawyers prepare an English version of the report on the proposed revisions to the Myanmar Companies Act