Public Service Activities in 2023


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Pro Bono Projects
Diversity & Inclusion
Public Sector Activities 
Bar Association Activities 
Educational Activities 


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.

Diversity & Inclusion

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 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.

Cabinet Secretariat

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

Cabinet Office

Fair Trade Commission

National Police Agency

Personal Information Protection Committee (PPC)

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

Financial Services Agency (FSA)

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

Children and Families Agency

Digital Agency

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIAC)

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

Agency for Cultural Affairs

The Japan Academy

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)​

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

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Four lawyers have been assigned to METI as a fixed-term government employee.

Patent Office

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

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

Other public organizations


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 2023 are provided below.


Educational Activities

A number of lawyers from the firm teach at law schools, universities and legal organizations. In 2023, 40 lawyers taught in 25 educational institutions throughout Japan (listed below), and 8 lawyers were newly appointed to help foster the next generation of legal professionals. These institutions vary from public universities and law schools to legal organizations.

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.


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 UtsunomiyaTaro Omoto and Yuma Yoshikawa
Keio University Graduate School of Law Hiroyuki Tanaka
Graduate School of Media and Governance of Keio University Daisuke Tsuta
Graduate School of Law, Chuo University Shuya Nomura
The University of Tokyo Yoshinori Tatsuno
Graduate Schools for Law and Politics,
Faculty of Law, The University of Tokyo
Shigehiko IshimotoGaku Ishiwata, Shuhei Uchida and Ryo Chikasawa

Graduate School of Public Policy,
University of Tokyo

Hiroki Habuka
Institute of Business Law and Comparative Law & Politics, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics University of Tokyo (IBC) Hideki Matsui

Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University

Seiichi OkazakiYusuke Ishii, Masafumi MasudaYusuke Ueda and Ryo Kiuchi
Waseda University Takashi Uchida
Waseda Law School Hajime Tanahashi, Tetsushi KamimuraMitsuhiro Tateishi and Yusuke Fujii
Ochanomizu University Naoto Shimamura
Graduate School of Business Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba Masafumi MasudaDaisuke TsutaHiroki Habuka and Katsuya Terai
Sophia University Colin Trehearne
Rikkyo University Yusuke Takamiya
Chubu Region  

Nagoya University Graduate school of Law

Yoshihiro Kojima and Toshimitsu Nemoto
Kansai Region  

Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University

Kohei MoritaAkira Matsushita and Hiroki Habuka

Kyoto University of the Arts

Takao Kitano
Cornell Law School Takayuki Kihira
Ho Chi Minh City University of Law Tetsu Yuasa


Public Service Activities in 2023:News

Public Service
Norihito Sato becomes a member of the Sub-Working Group on the Examination of Social Rules Concerning Automated Vehicles in the AI Era, Digital Agency
Public Service
Norihito Sato becomes an external advisory committee member of the Small/Startup Business Innovation Research Promotion Program (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism)
Public Service
Mugi Sekido becomes a member of the Arbitration and Mediation Rules Revision Committee of The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association
Public Service
Shinsaku Iwahara is elected to be a new member of The Japan Academy
Public Service
Tetsu Yuasa becomes a lecturer on Japanese Civil Law at The Ho Chi Minh City University of Law

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