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TETSU TANAKA
Education Kyushu University, 1953; Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (Diploma, 1957).
Admitted 1957, Japan.
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
E-mail tanaka@blakemore.gr.jp
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TAKESHI KUBOTA
Education The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1967).
Admitted 2009, Japan, special training completed in accordance with Article 5 of the Lawyers’Law of Japan (Law No. 205 of 1949, as amended).
Professional
Experience
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) / National Land Agency of Japan (1967-1998)
  Legal Affairs Division, Minister's Secretariat, MAFF;
  Director, Promotion Office, Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries,
  Hyogo Prefecture;
  Director, International Affairs Division, Fisheries Agency;
  Director, Milk and Dairy Products Division, Livestock Industry Bureau;
  Director, Agricultural Policy Planning Division, Agricultural Structure
  Improvement Bureau;
  Director, Administration Division, Minister's Secretariat;
  Director General, Oceanic Fisheries Department, Fisheries Agency;
  Director General, Forest Policy Planning Department, Forestry Agency;
  Deputy Director and Director General, Land Bureau, National Land Agency.
Vice President of the Agriculture & Livestock Industries Corporation (1998-2001)
Counsel, Executive Managing Director, and President of the Tokyo Grain Exchange (2001-2009)
Chairman of Tokyo Grain Market Research, Inc. (2006-2010)
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
E-mail kubota@blakemore.gr.jp
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KEIICHI HAYASHI
Education The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1968); University of Pennsylvania (M.A., 1973).
Admitted 2006, Japan, special training completed in accordance with Article 5 of the Lawyers’Law of Japan (Law No. 205 of 1949, as amended).
Professional
Experience
Ministry of Construction/National Land Agency of Japan (1968-2001); Director of City Planning Division of the Ministry of Construction (1989-1991); Director of Policy Division of the Ministry of Construction (1992-1993); Deputy Director General of River Bureau of the Ministry of Construction (1994-1996); Director General of Metropolitan Region Development Bureau of the National Land Agency (1996-1997); Director General of Disaster Prevention Bureau of the National Land Agency (1997-1998); Vice Deputy Director of the Ministry of Construction (1998-2001); Advisor of Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. (2001-2006); Executive Vice President of The Real Estate Companies Association of Japan (2006-2009); President of the Institute For Areal Studies, Foundation (2009- ).
Member The Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
E-mail hayashi@blakemore.gr.jp
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RYO OKUYAMA
Education Rikkyo University (LL.B., 1974); Left without graduating, Graduate School of Rikkyo University (LL.M. Candidate, 1974-1977); Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (Diploma, 1979); Graduated, University of Virginia Law School (LL.M., 1984).
Admitted 1979, Japan.
Member The Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
E-mail okuyama@blakemore.gr.jp
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MASAYUKI OGATA
Education Hitotsubashi University (Bachelor of Commercial Science, 1973); Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (Diploma, 1984); University of London, University College London (Diploma in Shipping Law, 1986).
Admitted 1984, Japan.
Professional
Experience
Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. (1973−1976); Ohashi Matsueda & Hasegawa (currently Hasegawa & Co., Law Offices (1985−1988); Trainee, Sinclair Roche & Temperley, London (1986-1987); Associate, Kirlin, Campbell & Keating, New York (1987); Associate, White & Case, New York (1987-1988); Tsunematsu Yanase & Sekine (currently Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu) (1988-1991); MEC UK Limited (Mitsubishi Estate Company's subsidiary in London) (1990 -1991); Abe Sogo Law Office (1991-1993); Transcutaneous Technologies, Inc. (currently Transcu Group Limited), General Manager of Legal Affairs Div. (2005-2006); Member, PFI Standing Committee of Chiba City (2007-2010); Ogata Law Office (1994-2010); Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office, Tokyo, Japan (2010-2015); Member, Assessment Committee regarding Designated Managers of Chiba City (2010 - Present).
Member The Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
Practice Areas Contracts relating to transactions between corporations; Human resources and employment; Entity conversions (M&As, share-for-share exchanges, etc.); Business cooperation; Joint research and development; General business law (Companies Act and Financial Instruments and Exchange Act).
E-mail ogata@blakemore.gr.jp
Publications “Legal Aspects of Real Estate Investment and Joint Ventures in the U.K.”
(1991)
“The Tax System on Real Property Transactions in France” (1991)
“Real Estate Transactions and the VAT in the U.K.” (1991)
“Regulation on the Development of Land in the U.K.” (1991)
“Convertible Mortgages in the U.K.” (1991)
“Group Financial Statement under U.K. Company Act” (1991)
Lectures “International Corporate Law” (Tokyo, Japan, 1994)
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SHOJI USHIJIMA
Education The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1978 (Private Law) and 1981 (Public Law)); Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (Diploma, 1986); University of Illinois College of Law (LL.M., 1991).
Admitted 1986, Japan.
Professional
Experience
Richards & O'Neil, New York (1991-1992); Blakemore & Mitsuki, Partner (1997-2002); Ashurst Tokyo Law Office (currently Ashurst Tokyo), Partner (2002-2009); City-Yuwa Partners, Partner (2010-2014); Blakemore & Mitsuki, Partner (2015-Present).
Member The Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
Practice Areas General Corporate; Capital Markets; Structured Finance and Securitization; Funds; Banking and Other Financial Transactions; Mergers and Acquisitions; General Civil Practice; Commercial Litigation; License Agreement / Technology Transfer Agreement; Cross-Border Transactions; Cross-border Dispute Resolutions.
E-mail ushijima@blakemore.gr.jp
Publications "Round-Table Discussion on the Legal Aspects of Syndicated Loans" (in "No.1591 of The Banking Law Journal", Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc., 2000) (in Japanese).
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