Public Service Activities in 2020


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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 2020 are provided below.

During 2020, a total of 55 of the firm’s lawyers served as duty attorneys in 15 cases and as court-appointed defense counsel in 60 cases, and provided free legal counsel in 21 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)

One lawyer has been assigned to METI as a fixed-term government employee.

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)​

One lawyer has been assigned to MHLW as a fixed-term government employee.

Ministry of Justice (MOJ)

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

One lawyer has been assigned to MIAC as a fixed-term government employee.

Patent Office

Financial Services Agency

Two lawyers have been assigned to FSA as a fixed-term government employee.

Consumer Affairs Agency

One lawyer has been assigned to CAA as a fixed-term government employee.

Cabinet Office

One lawyer has been assigned to Cabinet Office as a fixed-term government employee.

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 2020, five 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 2020, 33 lawyers taught in 19 educational institutions (listed below) throughout Japan. These institutions vary from public universities and law schools to legal organizations.


Tohoku Region  

The Research Support and Industry-
Academic Collaboration Center,
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 Hideki Utsunomiya, Taro OmotoYuko Kanamaru and Yuriko Yamazaki
Chuo University Graduate School of Law Shuya Nomura
The University of Tokyo Atsushi Okada
The University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics Masanori Sato and Gaku Ishiwata

The University of Tokyo School of Law

Shigehiko IshimotoHiroyuki Tachiiri, and Ryotaro Tanaka
The University of Tokyo Graduate Schools of Public Policy Hiroki Habuka
Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University Seiichi OkazakiYusuke IshiiHiromasa AraiAritsune Miyoda and Yusuke Ueda
Waseda University Takashi Uchida and Yoshikazu Abe
Waseda Law School Hajime Tanahashi, Tetsushi Kamimura and Mitsuhiro Tateishi
Chubu Region  

Nagoya University Law School

 Yoshihiro Kojima and Toshimitsu Nemoto
Kansai Region  

Kyoto University Law School

Shuhei Uchida

Kyoto University of the Arts

Takao Kitano
Kinki Region  
Kobe University Law School Takuya Eguchi and Yoshinori Usui
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 2020:News

Public Service
MHM prepared English translation of the document requesting signatures for a joint declaration on “Business Support for LGBT Equality”of the Equality Act Japan
Public Service
Takamasa Horio became the member of Study Group on Countermeasures against Cannabis and Other Drugs, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Public Service
Kei Furuichi and Kohei Wachi joined as lecturers the class of “Respect for gender diversity and law” at the Graduate School of Law, the University of the Ryukyus
Public Service
Atsushi Okada states his opinions regarding policy for data utilization as an expert at the conference of the "Research Commission on Intellectual Property Strategy" organized by the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan
Public Service
Kei Furuichi gave a speech at “Seminar regarding the Current Status of LGBTQ Rights in Japan” sponsored by the Lawyers for LGBT and Allies Network

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