Sanno Park Tower 12F (Reception) and 14F,
11-1, Nagatacho 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 100-6114, Japan

Tokyo Metro Ginza Line: G06 Tameike-sanno Station, Exit 7 (directly accessible through the second basement)

Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line: N06 Tameike-sanno Station, Exit 7 (directly accessible through the second basement)

Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line: C07 Kokkai-gijido-mae Station, Exit 5 (3 minutes’ walk)

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line: M14 Kokkai-gijido-mae Station, Exit 5 (10 minutes’ walk through Chiyoda Line platform)

Partners

Rikisuke Yamanaka

Rikisuke Yamanaka

TEL +81-3-5511-3245 / FAX +81-3-5511-3258

Languages
Japanese、English
Bar Association
Japan (1999)

Background

1997
Keio University (LL.B.)
1999
Admitted in Japan (Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association)
Ushijima & Partners
2006
University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business (M.B.A.)
Resumed practice at Ushijima & Partners
2007
Partner, Ushijima & Partners
Statutory auditor, RESTIR Holdings Inc. (until 2013)

Awards

Recommended in the Corporate and M&A practice area, the Dispute Resolution practice area, and the Labour and Employment practice area in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 (January 2022)
Selected in the Labor and Employment Law practice area in The Best Lawyers in Japan 2022 (April 2021)
Recommended in the Labour and Employment practice area in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 (January 2021)
Referred to as a team leader in the Labour and Employment practice area in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 (January 2020)
Selected in the Labor and Employment practice area in The Best LawyersTM in Japan 2020 (April 2019)
Referred to as “notable” in the Corporate and M&A practice area, as “employment law specialist” in the Dispute Resolution practice area, and as “leader” of the team in the Labour and Employment practice area in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 (January 2019)
Introduced as “specialising in procurement mandates” in the Corporate and M&A practice area, as “recommended for his employment, transactional and technology-related litigation expertise” in the Dispute Resolution practice area, as “the key contact” in the Labour and Employment practice area, and as “names to note” in the TMT practice area, in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 (November 2017)
Introduced as “recommended” by clients in the Corporate and M&A practice area in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 (November 2016)

Major Practice Areas

Labor and Employment

Represented a client in litigation relating to employee downsizing and related disputes
Represented clients in labor tribunal court cases
Served as an adviser on non-competition agreements
Served as an adviser on disciplinary actions, separation and harassment/discrimination issues
Dealt with various whistleblowing claims
Negotiated with labor unions

Crisis management/handling of internal investigations

Conducted independent internal investigations related to accounting fraud and accounting irregularities
Conducted independent internal investigations concerning embezzlement, breach of trust and work environmental issues such as harassment, etc.
Dealt with matters related to defective dangerous equipment, industrial accidents and government labor standards inspection offices

Litigation/Arbitration

Represented clients in litigation and arbitration related to M&A transactions (e.g., breakdown or cancellation of M&A transactions)
Represented clients in lawsuits related to the Product Liability Act, Unfair Competition Prevention Act, Trademark Law, etc.
Represented a client in litigation related to management’s responsibilities concerning corporate finance
Represented clients in litigation related to software development contracts/projects including fictitious transactions

M&A

Served as an advisor on merger, stock purchase, business transfer, company split, joint venture agreement, issuance of stock, etc., for domestic and international clients

General corporate

Consulted with Japanese and foreign tech companies, retail businesses, manufacturers, service businesses, etc.

Government contracts

Served as an advisor on procurement bids for Japanese government contracts, negotiated with procurement body on contracts, and represented a client challenging the result of procurement bids
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Articles, etc.

“How to Address a Harassment Whistleblower Requesting Anonymity” (“BUSINESS LAWYERS,” January 12, 2022)
“How a Company Should Respond to a Harassment Report Filed by an Employee Who is a Target of Encouragement to Take Early Retirement” (“BUSINESS -LAWYERS,” September 15, 2021)
“How to Address a Harassment Whistleblower Requesting Anonymity” (“BUSINESS LAWYERS;” July 1, 2021 in Japanese, January 12, 2022 in English)
“APAC COVID-19 FAQ” (Japan Part, Employment Law Alliance)
Consultant editor for Guide to Employment Law in Japan of XpertHR (online)
“A Practical Guide to Japanese Civil Litigation — How to choose Japanese counsel – ” (The Japanese Lawyers (ILS Publications, Inc., September 2015))
“Employer’s Guide to Labor Tribunal Proceedings” (Japan Business Law Review 2012 -Labor) (ILS Publications, Inc.)
“Analysis: Practical measures in securing independent directors” (“Business Homu” magazine of Chuo Keizai-sha, Inc., August 20, 2010)

Media Appearances

“Why are investigations on harassment reports sloppy? In the Background is Too Heavy a Burden’ on the Relevant Personnel” (Bengo4.com News, November 15, 2021)

Lectures Given

“COVID-19@the Workplace – The Asia Experience – Part III Legal Updates as Asia Takes Steps Toward Recovery” (moderator, Employment Law Alliance, January 25, 2022)
“The Future of Work: Legal Updates from APAC, US and UK” (speaker, Employment Law Alliance, April 20, 2021)
“Employment Law in Asia Pacific: A Year in Review – Part I (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan)” (speaker, Employment Law Alliance, January 12, 2021)
“The Reimagined Workplace” (speaker, Employment Law Alliance, June 30, 2020)
“COVID-19 @ the Workplace – The Asia Experience – Part III Legal Updates as Asia Takes Steps Toward Recovery” (speaker, Employment Law Alliance, April 29, 2020)
“Coronavirus and the Workplace: The Asia Experience (North America/Latin America/Asia Pacific)” (speaker, Employment Law Alliance, March 5, 2020)
“Employment Law in Asia: A Year in Review – Part 1” (speaker, Employment Law Alliance, February 12, 2020)
“How to Protect Companies and Employees from ‘Harassment’ Such as Power Harassment and Sexual Harassment” (Zeimu Kenkyukai, July 23, 2018)
“Top Five Current Labor and Employment Law Issues in Japan” (Employment Law Alliance, June 15, 2018)
“Gender Sensitivity in the Workplace: An Overview of Existing Laws, Regulations and Legislation” (panelist, Employment Law Alliance, March 13, 2018)
Global Employment Law Forum (panelist, Mulilaw, October 22, 2017)
“Practical response to the amendment of the Labor Contract Act (in respect of fixed-term employment contracts); grant of option to shift to non-fixed-term employment contract, etc.” (hosted by Corporate Management Forums, Inc. and backed by Financial Management Forums, Inc., September 10, 2012)
“Legal Points for Japanese Companies to Note in Thailand” (“Symposium on Making Inroads into Thailand” hosted by SOGO UNICOM CO., Ltd., November 8, 2011)
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