Junko Suetomi is a top name in the Japanese trade market whose expertise lies in advising clients on trade regulations, WTO disputes and related antitrust law.
Junko Suetomi is a counsel in Baker & McKenzie’s Tokyo office and handles the firm's international trade and dispute resolution practice. Ms Suetomi focuses her practice on commercial and trade laws and regulations, WTO dispute settlement, civil and criminal litigation, antitrust law, bankruptcy law, and general corporate law. She has extensive experience advising clients on issues involving trade remedy matters such as an anti-dumping and countervailing duties, import restrictions, customs matters, export control and sanctions, tariff treatment and FTA/EPA applications, and public procurements, among others.
Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Ms Suetomi worked in the WTO dispute settlement division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ economics bureau. She has served as a court-appointed defence attorney in many criminal cases. Ms Suetomi has co-authored numerous publications related to her practice. She chairs the human rights committee of the Tokyo Bar Association, and delivers lectures at Waseda University. She is a member of the Japan Association of International Economic Law, and has served as an expert member of the Ministry of Finance's council on customs, tariff, foreign exchange and other transactions since 13 March 2019.
Ms Suetomi has been admitted to practise in both Japan and New York state.
Ms Suetomi received her LLB from Tokyo University and Kyushu University; and her LLM from New York University School of Law and Cornell Law School. She completed her judicial training at the Legal Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan.