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Supporting our community: Study session at Saitama Prefectural Urawa Girls' Upper Secondary School

Nishimura & Asahi’s legal education team supported a study session at Saitama Prefectural Urawa Girls' Upper Secondary School for first and second-year students on February 4, 2023.

Participants included Mariko Mimura, Takeshi Nemoto, Mihoko Fukuzawa, Ryuto Mishima and Asako Joba (Diversity Promotion Office, alumni of the school).
We hope that such initiatives will help increase the number of legal professional women in Japan.


三村 まり子

Mariko has strong expertise in pharmaceutical industry-focused practices, and she has advised on regulations, compliance, M&A, licensing, etc. She has also been involved in crisis management third-party investigation committees, and gave advice based on her extensive experience and knowledge acquired from her experience as one of the board members and management team of several pharmaceutical companies. She is also actively engaged in pro bono matters and in Diversity & inclusion promotional activities, as well as Business and Human Rights and ESG. She takes a leadership role as a core member of our firm’s D&I Promotion.

根本 剛史

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.


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Mihoko was admitted in Japan in 2000, and worked on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and other corporate matters, including corporate law, labor law and compliance matters, for several years at the Tokyo office. After the completion of her studies at a law school in the United States, she worked at a law firm in New York and at the legal and compliance department of a company in the United States. She also worked in the firm’s Ho Chi Minh City office in 2011 and Hanoi office in 2016. In Vietnam, based on her extensive experiences in Japan and the United States, she quickly captured clients’ needs and provided the best solutions to companies operating in Vietnam, closely working with local counsel. Utilizing her deep understanding and knowledge on local culture and business practices of emerging countries, she has extensive experience advising many clients on matters relating to South-East Asian countries, especially Vietnam.