TMI Associates welcomed Mr. Junichi Kitazawa as an advisor attorney as of September 1, 2022.
Mr. Kitazawa provided the following comments.


Hello everyone.

I was born in 1957. I started working as an attorney at the law office of Mr. Chiharu Saiguchi, attorney-at-law, in 1987 and founded my own firm in 1999. However, I was determined to become a judge and commenced my career as a judge in October 2003. In June 2022, I retired from the office of Presiding Judge of the Civil Division, Tokyo High Court. I re-registered with the Tokyo Bar Association upon my retirement and now have joined TMI Associates as an advisor attorney.

During this time, Japan has moved from the Showa era to the Heisei era to the Reiwa era. Various unprecedented events have occurred, one after another, and the environment in which individuals and companies find themselves has significantly changed accordingly. It goes without saying that international society has also changed. Disputes arising in the circumstances inside and outside Japan have become complicated and difficult in general. Among the core points of such disputes, I believe that, while there are some practices that must be altered in accordance with these changes, there are also practices that should be carefully protected and must remain unchanged.

While deliberating together with the talented attorneys at TMI Associates about what must be changed and what must not be changed, I would like to assist in resolving issues by fully exerting my comprehensive strength as a legal professional, which I cultivated based on my practical experience as an attorney for about 16 years and as a judge for about 19 years, and also by actively tackling newly emerging issues.

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