Public Service Activities in 2021


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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 2021 are provided below.

During 2021, a total of 56 of the firm’s lawyers served as duty attorneys in 26 cases and as court-appointed defense counsel in 71 cases, and provided free legal counsel in 29 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 have 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)

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

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)

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

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT

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

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

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

Ministry of Finance (MOF)

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.

Patent Office

Cabinet Office

Other public organizations


Educational Activities

A number of lawyers from the firm teach at law schools, universities and legal organizations. In 2021, four lawyers were newly appointed to an educational institution 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 2021, 35 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
Tohoku University School of Law Ko Fujita and Akira Marumo

Hokuriku Region

School of Law, Kanazawa University Hiromasa Arai
Kanto Region  

Graduate Schools of Aoyama Gakuin University

Atsushi Okada
Keio University Yuriko Yamazaki
Keio University Law School Hideki Utsunomiya, Taro Omoto and Yuko Kanamaru
Graduate School of Law, Chuo University Shuya Nomura
The University of Tokyo Atsushi Okada, Yoshinori Tatsuno
The University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics Masanori Sato and Gaku Ishiwata

The University of Tokyo School of Law

Shigehiko IshimotoTakashi UgajinTakahiro IijimaHiroyuki TachiiriRyotaro Tanaka
The University of Tokyo Graduate Schools of Public Policy Hiroki Habuka
Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University Seiichi OkazakiYusuke IshiiHiromasa AraiAritsune Miyoda, Yusuke Ueda and Ryo Kikuchi
Waseda University Takashi Uchida
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 2021:News

Public Service
Masakazu Masujima became a member of Monitoring Meeting on Ensuring Transparency and Fairness of Digital Platforms, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Public Service
Takane Hori became an associate member of the Start-up and Innovation Working Group, Council for Promotion of Regulatory Reform, Cabinet Office
Public Service
Yutaka Miyoshi became a member of the Conciliatory Committee, Japan Professional Football League (Women Empowerment League (WE LEAGUE))
Public Service
MHM sponsored the Sixth Equality Gala hosted by Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network (LLAN) and assisted with translation for the event
Public Service
Jiro Kiyama became the member of Study Group on Wholesale Electricity Markets, Supply and Demand Adjustment Markets, and Supply and Demand Operations

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