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YASUO SHIDA
Education The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1968).
Admitted 2000, Japan, in accordance with a special treatment
set forth in Article 5, Item 2 of the Lawyers’Law of
Japan (Law No. 205 of 1949, as amended).
Professional
Experience
Ministry of Finance/Cabinet Legislation Bureau of
Japan (1968-1997); Counselor of the Cabinet
Legislation Bureau of Japan (in charge of tax law etc.)
(1984-1989); Regional Commissioner of Hiroshima
Taxation Bureau (1992-1994); Director General of
the Mint Bureau of the Ministry of Finance (1996-1997); Director and Deputy President of The Resolution and Collection Corporation (2000−2006); Director and Acting President of The Resolution and Collection Corporation (2006−2012).
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
Practice Areas Tax Problems in General; Administrative Suit; Business Reconstruction; Credit Collection; Consumers' Problems.
E-mail shida@blakemore.gr.jp
Publications "Accounting and Tax Problems Accompanied by Business Reconstruction," Business Reconstruction and Credit Control (January 2006), Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc.

"How to Cope with Tax Officials' Arbitrary Tax Assessment," The Lawyers (October 2007), ILS Publishing Company

"Business Reconstruction and Collection Cases by RCC," Business Reconstruction and Credit Control (January 2009), Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc.
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SEISHI HIGO
Education Kyoto University (LL.B., 1973).
Admitted 2005, Japan, special training completed in accordance
with Article 5 of the Lawyers Act of Japan
(Law No.205 of 1949 as amended).
Professional
Experience
Ministry of Finance (MOF)/ Deposit Insurance
Corporation of Japan (DICJ) (1973-2002)
  Director-General of Hokkaido Local Finance
  Bureau, MOF;
  Deputy Commissioner of Planning & Coordination
  Department and Vice-Deputy Commissioner of Deposit Insurance
  Department, DICJ;
  Deputy Commissioner of Financial Reconstruction Department, DICJ;
  Counselor of the Minister's Secretariat, MOF;
  Deputy Director-General of the Minister's Secretariat, MOF.
Former Director, Japan Environmental Safety Corporation
Former Advisor, Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
Professor, Hakuoh University Law School (2013-Present)
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
Practice Areas Corporate Law; Financial Law (Banking, Insurance, etc.); Tax Law; Civil Litigation.
E-mail higo@blakemore.gr.jp
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HIDEYUKI KOBAYASHI
Education The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1974); Legal
Training and Research Institute of the Supreme
Court of Japan (Diploma, 1976).
Admitted 1980, Japan.
Professional Experience Assistant Professor at The University of Tokyo
(1976-1979); Associate Professor of Law at
Sophia University (1980); Visiting Scholar at
Yale Law School (1982-1983); Visiting Scholar
at Michigan Law School (1983); Professor of Law
at Sophia University (1989-2004); Professor of Law at Sophia University, Graduate School of Law (2004); Professor at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (2004-Present).
Mr. Kobayashi was a Government Social Policy Council Member when the product liability law was legislated and is currently a member of the Finance Council, the Ministry of Finance.
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
Practice Areas Litigation; Arbitration; M&A; Securitization; Product Liability.
E-mail hideyuki.kobayashi@blakemore.gr.jp
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TAKAKI TOKUOKA
Education The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1977; LL.M., 1979); Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (Diploma, 1981); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1985).
Admitted 1981, Japan.
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
E-mail tokuoka@blakemore.gr.jp
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AKIMITSU KAMORI
Education The University of Tokyo (LL.B., Private Law, 1978;
LL.B., Public Law, 1980); Legal Training and
Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
(Diploma, 1982); Yale University (Diploma, American
Law, 1986); Cornell Law School (LL.M., 1987).
Admitted 1982, Japan; 1988, New York.
Professional
Experience
Associate, Dewey Ballantine LLP (currently
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP), New York (1988-1994).
Member The Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association; American Bar
Association; New York State Bar Association; The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; A.I.P.P.I.
Languages Japanese and English.
Practice Areas M&A; Structured Finance; Complex Litigation; Intellectual Property.
E-mail a-kamori@blakemore.gr.jp
Publications Author: NASDAQ Listing Guide, Chuo Keizai Sha, 1995. Co-Author/Co-Editor: International Layers' Business Data Files, Chuo Keizai Sha, 2000. Co-Author: Martindale-Hubbell International Law Digest, Japan Law Digest, Martindale-Hubbell, 1999―; New Bankruptcy Law, Shin Nihon Hoki, 2005; Q&A Gist of New Company Law, Shin Nihon Hoki, 2005; Company Law-Related Ministry of Justice Ordinances Detailed Commentary, Seibun Sha, 2006. Author: "Protective Measures against Unfriendly Takeovers in Japan," Compliance Letter (Daiichi Hoki), vol. 8 (Oct., 2005), 12-16; "Affirmative Assertions for Protective Measures against Unfriendly Takeovers," The Lawyers (ILS Shuppan), Oct., 2006―Mar., 2009; "Dowa Model Threatens Shareholder Rights," The IFLR Guide to Japan 2007 (IFLR), 39-41 (2007); "Triangle Mergers," Junkan Keiri Joho (Chuo Keizai Sha), vol. 1141 (Feb., 2007), 7-19; "Triangle Mergers in Japan," The American Lawyer-Global 100 (The American Lawyer), Oct., 2007; "Stipulation of provisions for restricting business combinations in articles of incorporation of Japanese corporation," ALM Guide to Global Mergers & Acquisitions 2008, Jan., 2008; "The best line of defense," IFLR, The 2008 Guide to Japan, Jan., 2008; "Bull-Dog Sauce's Rights Plan Held by the Supreme Court of Japan to Be Held Valid," US Foreign Direct Investment (The American Lawyer), May, 2008; "Facilitating Reliability and Efficiency of Board - Outside Director vs. Independent Director," US Foreign Direct Investment: A Global Guide (The American Lawyer), Oct., 2008; "Go-shop Clause," The Lawyers (ILS Shuppan), May, 2009―July, 2009.
In the Press Interview article entitled "Imperative to have highly-sophisticated English-speaking attorneys who would be able to make aggressive discussions in English," in the Oct., 2005 edition of The Lawyers (ILS Shuppan); and
Comments set forth in an article, entitled "Is a US agent a PE?―Clarify the nature of foreign facilities," of the Nikkei Business Daily, dated November 7, 1994, at 28.
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KEIICHIRO SUE
Education The University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1982); Legal Training
and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of
Japan (Diploma, 1984); Leuven Catholic University,
Belgium (LL.M., 1992); Columbia University (LL.M.,
1994); Hitotsubashi University (JSD, 2009).
Admitted 1984, Japan; 1995, New York.
Professional
Experience
Allen & Overy, Brussels (1992-1993); Loeff Claeys
Verbeke, Brussels (1993); Mayer, Brown & Plat,
Chicago (1994-1995); Ministry of Economy, Trade
and Industry (1999-2001); Lecturer, Hitotsubashi University Law School (Practical International Economy Law) (2005-Present); Outside director of MetaWater Co., Ltd. (2014-Present); NHK Spring Co., Ltd. (2015-Present).
Member The Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association; New York Bar.
Languages Japanese and English.
Practice Areas Labor and employment; Trade disputes; Litigation.
E-mail sue@blakemore.gr.jp
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TAKASHI HIRANO
Education Chuo University (LL.B., 1980); Legal Training and
Research Institute of the Supreme Court of
Japan (Diploma, 1985).
Admitted 1985, Japan.
Professional
Experience
Professor at Cyber University (2012-Present);
Yagi & Ushijima (1985-1988); Masuda, Funai,
Eifert & Mitchell (1988-1990); Blakemore &
Mitsuki (1990-2000); Head of Law and Corporate
Affairs, Microsoft Asia Limited (2000-2003);
Executive Officer/Law and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Co., Ltd (2003-2006); Blakemore & Mitsuki (2006-Present); Director of Computer Software Association Japan (2006-Present); Councilman of Software Information Center (2006-Present); Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry, Head of Working Group regarding contract and business practices for secured information systems (2007); Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry, Chairperson of Steering Committee of Consortium for highly developed business practices for information systems and software (2008); Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, Member of study group for activation of data counters in crowd computing era (2009); Managing Director of Japan Life Style Counselors' Association (2009-2012), Director of Japan Life Style Counselors' Association (2012-Present); Director of International Foundation of Information (2011-2013); Statutory Auditor of Morpho Inc, (2008-Present); Member of Copyright Law Association Japan, Intellectual Law Association Japan, Antitrust Law Association Japan.
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
E-mail hirano@blakemore.gr.jp
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TAKETO NASU
Education Sophia University (LL.B., 1991); Legal Training and
Research Institute of the Supreme Court of
Japan (Diploma, 1996); The University of Texas
School of Law (LL.M., 2000).
Admitted 1996, Japan; 2001, New York.
Professional
Experience
Yuasa & Hara, Tokyo, Japan (1996-1999,
2002-2009); Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur,
Columbus, Ohio (2001-2002); Lecturer, Japan
Patent Attorneys Association (2005-2012);
Visiting Lecturer, Toin University of Yokohama Law School, Yokohama, Japan (2006-2014); Outside Audit & Supervisory Board Member, Nippon Thompson Co., Ltd. (2013-Present); Instructor (in charge of advocacy of civil cases), Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court (2014-Present).
Member The Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; American Bar Association; Japan Association of Industrial Property Law; Copyright Law Association of Japan; Corporate Law Study Group and Bankruptcy Law Study Group of the All-around Legal Research Institute of Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
Practice Areas Intellectual Property Law (Patent, Utility Model, Design, Trademark, Unfair Competition, Copyright); Corporate Law.
E-mail nasu@blakemore.gr.jp
Publications "Litigation and Preliminary Injunction," "Consideration of ADR, e.g., Arbitration," Q&A Practices in Prevention of and Response to Troubles with Intellectual Property, Shin-Nihon Hoki, 2006; "Patent Infringement and Scope of Injunction," Precedents in Corporate Legal Practice Case Study 300 (Vol. of Business Transaction and Intellectual Property), Kinzai, 2007; co-author and editor, "Essence of Legal Practice for Corporate Officers," Seibunsha, 2007; "Introduction to the U.S. Intellectual Property Cases - MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc., et. al.," Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Vol. 35, No. 8, 2007; "Introduction to the U.S. Intellectual Property Cases - Benitec Australia, Ltd. v. Nucleonics, Inc.," Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Vol. 36, No. 7, 2008; "Introduction to the U.S. Intellectual Property Cases - Akira Akazawa, et. al. v. Link New Technology Int'l, Inc.," Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Vol. 37, No. 3, 2009; co-author, "IP High Court's First Hearing of Public Opinion: Possibility of Adopting Amicus Brief System in Japan (Business Legal Practice, Vol. 14, No. 6, 2014); etc.
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TAKAHISA KOBAYASHI
Education Doshisha University (LL.B.), 1996); Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (Diploma, 2002).
Admitted 2002, Japan.
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
E-mail kobayashi@blakemore.gr.jp
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KATSUNORI URA
Education Hitotsubashi University (LL.B., 2002); Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (Diploma, 2003).
Admitted 2003, Japan.
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
E-mail ura@blakemore.gr.jp
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TETSURI KUROZUMI
Education The University of Tokyo (LL.B., Private Law, 2000); Chuo Law School (J.D., 2008); Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (Diploma, 2009).
Admitted 2009, Japan.
Professional
Experience
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (2000-2005).
Member Daini Tokyo Bar Association.
Languages Japanese and English.
E-mail kurozumi@blakemore.gr.jp
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