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Partner. Main areas of work are structured finance, project finance, PPP, REIT and general corporate law practice. Acts for a number of banks, securities companies, insurance companies and other financial institutions.


Qualified in Japan (1990) and in New York (1994). Joined Mori Sogo in 1990, becoming Partner in 1997. Seconded to Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York (1993-94) and Linklaters & Paines, London (1994-95). Member of the Financial Law Board of Japan from 1998. Board Member of Japan Association of the Law of Finance from 2015. Member of the Japan Branch Council of the International Project Finance Association from 2017. Professor at The University of Tokyo, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics from 2019.

Professional Memberships

Daini Tokyo Bar Association. New York State Bar Association.


“Recent developments in public-private partnerships in Japan” (IFLR1000 Energy And Infrastructure Guide 2016 - Asia-Pacific, co-author); “The Public-Private Partnership Law Review, Edition 3 - Chapter12 Japan" (Law Business Research, 2017, co-author); "Infrastructure Investments by the Private Sector“ (Nikkei BP, 2019, co-author).


Born November 1965. Graduated from the University of Tokyo (LLB, 1988) and University of Chicago Law School (LLM, 1993). Fluent in English. Lives in Tokyo.