Public Service Activities in 2019


Click below to jump to information relevant to that content.

Bar Association Activities ▼Public Sector Activities ▼Educational Activities 
Pro Bono Projects


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 2019 are provided below.

During 2019, a total of 47 of the firm’s lawyers served as duty attorneys in 25 cases and as court-appointed defense counsel in 40 cases, and provided free legal counsel in 50 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)

Three lawyers has been seconded to METI.

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)​

One lawyer has been seconded to MHLW.

Ministry of Justice (MOJ)

One lawyer has been seconded to MOJ.

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)

One lawyer has been seconded to MLIT.

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)

Patent Office

Cabinet Office

Cabinet Secretariat

Other public organizations

Educational Activities

A number of lawyers from the firm are currently teaching at law schools, universities and legal organizations. In 2019, six lawyers were newly appointed to educational institutions to help foster the next generation of legal professionals.

The firm has also been offering the opportunity to experience the work of a lawyer and actively strives 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.

In 2019, 36 lawyers taught in 18 educational institutions (listed below) throughout Japan. These institutions vary from public universities and law schools to legal organizations.

Tohoku Region  

The Center for Cooperative Research and Development, Iwate University

Takuya Iizuka
Graduate School of Tohoku University Takuya Iizuka
Tohoku University Law School Ko Fujita and Akira Marumo

Hokuriku Region

Kanazawa University Law School Hiromasa Arai
Kanto Region  

Graduate Schools of Aoyama Gakuin University

Hiroko Yamamoto and Atsushi Okada
Keio University Law School Susumu Masuda, Hideki Utsunomiya, Taro OmotoYuko Kanamaru and Yuriko Yamazaki
Chuo University Graduate School of Law Shuya Nomura
The University of Tokyo Daisuke AsaiAtsushi Okada and Fuyuki Kojima
The University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics Minoru SawaguchiMasanori Sato and Gaku Ishiwata
The University of Tokyo School of Law Shigehiko IshimotoTakahiro IijimaNaoki ShiraiwaHiroyuki Tachiiri, Hirotada Kobayashi and Ryotaro Tanaka
Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University Yoshio Iteya, Seiichi OkazakiYusuke IshiiHiromasa Arai and Yusuke Ueda
Waseda University Takashi Uchida
Waseda Law School Hajime Tanahashi, Takeshi Okuyama, Tetsushi Kamimura and Mitsuhiro Tateishi
Chubu Region  

Nagoya University Law School

Toshimitsu Nemoto and Yoshihiro Kojima
Kansai Region  

Kyoto University Law School

Shuhei Uchida

Kyoto University of Art and Design

Takao Kitano
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland Takayuki Kihira
Cornell Law School Takayuki Kihira

Pro Bono Projects

The firm actively participates in pro bono projects, including legal education projects and refugee assistance activities, mainly through team-based endeavors undertaken by our younger lawyers.

Further, lawyers of the firm participate in various activities that encourage respect for diversity among individuals. As an example, one of our lawyers is a director of Lawyers for LGBT and Allies Network (LLAN).


Public Service Activities in 2019:News

Public Service
Masakazu Masujima became an Associate Member of Council for Promotion of Regulatory Reform (Investment and Miscellaneous Issues Working Group), Cabinet Office
Public Service
Yasuzo Takeno became the director of Lawyers for LGBT and Allies Network
Public Service
Atsushi Okada became the member of Advisory Committee on Data Utilization, Recruit Co., Ltd.
Public Service
Hiroyuki Tanaka became an Advisor to Japan DPO Association
Public Service
Yoshikazu Abe became a lecturer on "LGBT Laws and Society," a WSC Contribution Course at Waseda University

View All