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Japan: Technology, Media & Telecommunications 2016

Over the course of 2016, Japan has completed its broadband infrastructure to achieve a penetration rate of 100 per cent for consumers nationwide. The forthcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo are driving much of the development in this area, as the government has endeavoured to accommodate an increase in foreign visitors to the country. Measures include the extension of free Wi-Fi accessibility and the streamlining of telecommunications regulations to better serve visitors’ mobile devices. Lawyers working in this sector are therefore expecting an uptick in demand for their services, as companies across the industry sectors look to take advantage of the increased internet capabilities and the markets that this will produce. Against such developments we highlight 12 lawyers. 

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is home to Akihito Nakamachi, “a favourite among clients”. He has advised a wide range of companies from start-ups to fully matured global enterprises and he receives praise for his “commitment and enthusiasm” when working on complex legal matters. Alongside him, Takashi Nakazaki is a “much sought-after” practitioner due to his “extensive expertise” relating to telecom regulations, software development, e-commerce and domain name disputes, among other matters.

From TMI Associates Masaya Hirano advises his “impressive clientele” on a wide range of issues relating to the information technology and telecommunications industries. His clients describe him as “a gifted practitioner” whom they “cannot recommend highly enough.” He is joined by Atsushi Igarashi, who “impresses all he comes across with his deep knowledge of technology law”. He has an international practice, and receives praise for “always delivering results”.

At City-Yuwa Partners, Tsuneo Sato is “greatly admired” in the industry for his “vast expertise” in technology transfer agreements. Clients recommend him for being “particularly accessible and easy to work with”. Masato Kobayashi is praised for “anticipating troubles and disputes” before they arise, and having a “diligent approach” to matters. His practice includes “considerable experience” handling matters relating to the IT, internet and information, and communications sectors.

Endeavour Law Office boasts the “wonderful” Naoko Mizukoshi, who receives praise for being “well versed in solving complex problems”. His “enviable practice” includes advising major national and international corporate clients across the information technology sector.

Yoshifumi Onodera at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is considered “exceptional across the board”. With a diverse practice he advises clients across the IT, life sciences and intellectual property sectors. He is noted for his “highly skilled handling of disputes” relating to information technology systems development. 

From Hisata & Hashiguchi Yasunori Hashiguchi has “a fantastic reputation in the industry” and is described by clients as “second to none” for his “phenomenal legal skills and industry knowledge”. He regularly advises on complex problems for clients in the IT sector, and has specific expertise relating to e-business.

At Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe David Evan Case* is a “truly talented individual” who stands out in our research for his “resourcefulness” and “sharp focus”. The “impressive scope” of his practice includes handling a range contentious and non-contentious information technology matters on behalf of Japanese and non-Japanese clients.

The “very capable” Masakazu Iwakura at Nishimura & Asahi is “highly recommended” for his work in relation to the telecommunications and media sectors, with clients praising his “immaculate thinking and presentation”.

Morrison & Foerster boasts Stuart Beraha*, who has a reputation for being a “brilliant advocate and fine strategist”. His experience covers technology, content, branding and intellectual property development and licensing, with clients praising his “tremendous understanding” and “high level of practice”.


* Foreign-qualified lawyer

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