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Japan: Product Liability Defence 2016

In a country that has often boasted some of the most cutting edge technology, product liability has always been a dynamic area for Japanese lawyers. With Japan’s famously litigation-averse culture, the recent number of product liability litigation cases compared to similar economies has been low. However, since the amendments to the Consumer Product Safety Law almost a decade ago, Japan’s increasing product regulation has provided much for the country’s legal community to consider. Four names stand out as the top practitioners in this sphere.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu leads the way with three recommendations. Junichi Ikeda is recommended as “a thought leader in the market” with a comprehensive understanding of the country’s product liability and collective action system. Naoki Iguchi is “a real strategist” who “gives excellent advice” on product liability risks across a range of industries. Jun Kanda is a “formidable litigator” with an up-to-date insight into consumer law legislation, say respondents.

At Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Yoshihiro Takatori is head partner of the litigation group in the Tokyo office. He is well regarded as “a go-to figure” for product liability issues.

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