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Supporting our community: Study session, guidance on legal careers and panel discussion on women’s empowerment at Saitama Prefectural Urawa Girls' Upper Secondary School

On October 3, 2023, Nishimura & Asahi (GKJ)’s Legal Education Team supported an inquiry-based cross-disciplinary study of 2nd-year students, including career guidance for students across all grades, at Saitama Prefectural Urawa Girls' Upper Secondary School in Japan.
Participants from N&A included Mariko Mimura, Shigeru Sasaki, Takeshi Nemoto, Sayo Eto, Rasa Kato, Yusuke Mizuno, Shuhei Sasayama, Ryuto Mishima, Haruka Sakaki, Kazuki Tokuhashi, Shiori Komatsu, Mari Matsuyama, Kae Gen, and Serika Matsuoka, and staff members, who are all alumni of the school, Asako Joba (D&I Promotion Div.), Eriko Sakai (Legal Assistance Dept.), and Junko Fuse (Professional Assistance Dept.) .
In the career guidance session, Rasa Kato, Shiori Komatsu and Mari Matsuyama shared their experiences on topics such as how to become a lawyer, the work they do as lawyers, and how they balance life and work demands.
At the end of the presentations, the students enthusiastically asked questions.
We hope that the guidance will help these students in considering future careers and help increase the number of women aiming to become legal professionals in Japan.


佐々木 秀

Experience in not only large M&A transactions but also mid-small cap M&A transactions, achieving efficiency and considering the internal/business matters within the client, from time being seconded to the legal department in a Japanese investment bank and full-time work in the client office. Experience assisting clients in a wide variety of industries; manufactures, retail, financial institutions, start-ups, etc. Successfully involved in several famous defense cases against hostile takeovers and activism campaigns. Provides legal advice in some crisis management situations and harassment investigations, accounting scandals and other corporate scandals. Such broad experience enables provision of strategic advice on various general corporate matters.

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.

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.