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    Pro bono work for Grameen Nippon in relation to employment support for women amid the coronavirus crisis

Leading Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi provided pro bono assistance to Grameen Nippon, in relation to its provision of employment support to women in need, in cooperation with SAP Japan and MAIA Co., Ltd. 

Grameen Nippon, a microfinance institution established in 2018 as the Japanese version of Grameen Bank, provides small, unsecured loans to people in need. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Grameen Nippon, in collaboration with SAP Japan and MAIA, launched “Digital Joshi,” a program aimed at supporting the economic independence of those in need; in particular, single mothers who find themselves in difficult financial circumstances, and women who are not in regular employment. “Digital Joshi” is a platform that promotes the development of human resources and supports job seekers by using digital platforms to match up with new employment opportunities.

Our pro bono team advised Grameen Nippon on legal matters including licensing and reaching agreements among related parties. 

The Nishimura & Asahi team advising this project was led by Takeshi Nemoto, supported by Tomonori Maezawa and Sotaro Hotta.


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Takeshi has handled many complex M&A transactions and provides sincere advice to his clients. He has extensive experience in M&A-related disputes, and is well versed in the various issues facing companies with founding family shareholders. In recent years, he has been involved in many cases involving business and human rights, impact investing, and advises companies from the perspective of sustainability. He is also actively involved in pro bono work and is one of the most experienced in Japan.