Akasaka International Law, Patent & Accounting Office.

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Legal department

Shinji SUMIDA

Shinji SUMIDA Attorney, Patent Attorney and Managing Partner

Mr. Shinji SUMIDA was admitted as an attorney in Japan in 2003. He graduated from Waseda University in 1999 and joined Akasaka International Law, Patent and Accounting Office as a partner upon being admitted as an attorney. Following this, he entered the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California. After graduating in 2006 with a Master of Laws, he completed an internship at Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp LLP in San Francisco. In 2011, Mr. SUMIDA completed a training course of the Paris Bar Association and became managing partner of Akasaka International Law, Patent and Accounting Office in 2012. He has a broad range of experience assisting in international business transactions, including M&A, and is also specializes in general corporate law including: company law, intellectual property law and labor law, as well as issues associated with in-bound and out-bound investment. He also has extensive experience with international succession cases.

Languages

  • Japanese, English, French

Major articles and essays

  • 「General outline (1) of Uniform Act on Commercial Companies and the Economic Interest Group in OHADA (Organisation for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa)」 (『Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law 』Vol.41, No.10 2013) (in Japanese)
  • 「General outline (2) of Uniform Act on Commercial Companies and the Economic Interest Group in OHADA(Organisation for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa)」 (『Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law 』Vol.42, No.9 2014) (in Japanese)
  • 「General outline (3) of Uniform Act on Commercial Companies and the Economic Interest Group in OHADA(Organisation for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa)」 (『Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law 』Vol.42, No.12 2014) (in Japanese)
  • 「The Global Fight against Trademark Trolls: Using Japan’s Trademark Protection System to Prevent Bad Faith Applications for Famous Abbreviations Arising from Famous Trademarks」(『A.I.P.P.I』Vol.39 No.1 2014) (in English)
  • 「Environmental Law CSR Management through a Legal Violation Case Study Remarks on Waste Storage by Corporations – Citation of an open-air yard case」(『Kankyo Kanri』 Vol.39, No.6 2013) (in Japanese)
  • 「An article on the legal aspects of corporate restructuring and reduction of employees in Japan」(website of Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan『Monthly Newsletter point juridique』July 10, 2009) (in French)
  • 「Public-private partnerships in Japan, the case of local communities」(website of Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan『Monthly Newsletter point juridique』April 14, 2010) (in French)

Major speeches

2009
Regarding “Japanese Unfair Competition Prevention Act “at Manufactured Imports and Investment Promotion Organization (in Japanese)
2011
Regarding “Japanese Unfair Competition Prevention Act “at Manufactured Imports and Investment Promotion Organization (in Japanese)
2012
Regarding “Japanese Unfair Competition Prevention Act “at Manufactured Imports and Investment Promotion Organization (in Japanese)
2013
Regarding “Japanese Unfair Competition Prevention Act “at Manufactured Imports and Investment Promotion Organization (in Japanese)
2014
Regarding “Japanese Unfair Competition Prevention Act “at Manufactured Imports and Investment Promotion Organization (in Japanese)
2015
Regarding “Legal Issues Related To Resources development in the sea around Japan such as methane hydrate and Project Finance ~in light of the lessons learned from oversea shale gas development” at the FN holding (in Japanese)

Official positions

  • Administrator of the Society of Foreign Ministry Personnel
  • member of the Environmental Law Committee of the Japan Association for CSR Promotion
  • admitted lawyer by Management reform support organs

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Masahiko SUMIDA

Masahiko SUMIDAAttorney and Patent Attorney

Mr. Masahiko SUMIDA has enjoyed a broad career spanning over 45 years in both the diplomatic and legal fields. After graduating from the Faculty of Law at Waseda University, he entered the Japanese Foreign Ministry and shortly thereafter was posted to the Japanese Embassy in Paris in 1969. After returning to work in Tokyo, he was admitted as an attorney in 1981. He began his legal career at Tokyo Aoyama Law Office (which is affiliated with Baker & McKenzie), but by 1984, having been admitted as a patent attorney, established SUMIDA INTERNATIONAL LAW & PATENT OFFICE. His career highlights include: successfully representing the Canadian Province of Prince Edward Island regarding the Anne of Green Gables trademark, and obtaining a favorable precedent-setting judgment in the Tokyo Intellectual Property High Court in 2006.
Amongst his broad experience and expertise, he currently specializes in International Arbitration (ICC).

Languages

  • Japanese, English, French

Major articles/essays

  • “Droit International de l’homme d’affaires 1994” Publisher Editions Dalloz
  • “Francis Lefebvre International Law Series – Japan Business Law”, Lefebvre Publishing (France); December 1995 (in French)

Major speeches

1996
Regarding “Legal aspects of doing business in Japan” at the Quebec-Japan Business Forum (in French)
1997
Regarding “Contracts” dispatched to Paris, France by Ministory of Foreign Affairs of Japan as a part of the project “the Japanese year in France”(in French)
2013
Regarding “Can western legal mind change Japanese culture ”at the Law School of Keio University (in Japanese)

Current official positions

  • Representative Director of the Kiyoko Goto and Paul Bourdarie Cancer Foundation.
  • Director of the Japan-Algeria Association.
  • Auditor of the Japan-France Media Exchange Association (TMF).
  • Member of the Committee on International Relations of the Japan Bar Association.

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Motohiko SUZUKIAdministrative Scrivener (Entrust)

Mr. Motohiko SUZUKI is a licensed Administrative Scrivener. Since graduating from the Legal Department of Chuo University, he has amassed impressive expertise and experience over a career of nearly 40 years.

Hayato ISHIYAMALabor and Social Security Insurance Attorney (Entrust)

Mr. Hayato ISHIYAMA is a licensed Labor and Social Security Insurance Attorney. He graduated from the Faculty of Commerce of Takasaki Economic University in 1968.

Accounting Department

Keiichiro MAEDACertified Public Accountant

Mr. Keiichiro MAEDA, a partner and co-founder of the firm, is a graduate of Waseda University and an experienced Certified Public Accountant, enjoying over 35 years experience in his field. He was first licensed as a CPA in 1980, after which he established an independent accounting practice. He then co-established Akasaka International Law, Patent & Accounting Office in 1986.

Ryoichi SUZUKICertified Public Accountant

Mr. Ryoichi SUZUKI is a licensed Certified Public Attorney. Upon graduating from Hitotsubashi University, he joined Tohmatsu & Co., and later also gained experience in an affiliated office in Seattle. Mr. SUZUKI joined Akasaka International Law, Patent and Accounting Office in 1990.

Tadashi TAKAHASHICertified Public Accountant

Mr. Tadashi TAKAHASHI, a graduate of Keio University, was formerly employed by Showa Kansa Hojin, Accountants, and later established an independent accounting practice. He joined this firm with over fifteen years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant.

Yuji MIURACertified Public Accountant

Mr. Yuji MIURA is a Certified Public Accountant and graduate of Dokkyo University. He was also formerly a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Young & Co., Accountants, where he was the manager of the Tax Division. Prior to entering this firm, Mr. Miura also held the post of General Accounting Manager of General Electric Japan. Mr. Miura specializes in the areas of international tax, accounting and financial management.