Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Japan
6:30 PM18:30

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Japan

Women in Law Japan is excited to announce a special event on Thursday 19th April 2018. We have partnered with Lighthouse Japan for this event which will focus on the issue of human trafficking and modern slavery in Japan. This event is open to all genders, provided that they RSVP by following the instructions given. We are expecting a full house so please register early to avoid any disappointment. We would like to thank Nishimura & Asahi for kindly hosting this event and look forward to seeing you there. 

Human trafficking takes away a person’s right to freedom by harboring, transferring and forcing someone to perform a duty using threat, fraud or coercion, in order to exploit them for profit. It is modern-day slavery. There are estimated to be around 21 million people trafficked around the world. Japan does not fully meet the minimum global standards for the elimination of trafficking. Human trafficking is rampant in Japan in the form of forced labour, exploitation and sex trafficking, especially that of young children. It is known to be a destination, source and transit country for trafficking. A lack of equal opportunities for women, poverty, domestic violence and the sexual commodification of children in the media and popular culture all contribute to this issue. The tolerance of organized crime in Japan also leads to opportunities for vulnerable people to be targeted and exploited in Japan’s lucrative and cash rich sex industry. For corporates in Japan it is essential to be aware of the risk of doing business with entities and individuals who may be funding or profiting from human trafficking activity and to be clear on understanding how to manage and communicate their position and responsibilities on human trafficking, both internally and also to business partners, stakeholders, customers and the global business community. Companies must be confident that their brand, platforms and products are not unintentionally providing financing or advertising for any unlawful activity. For our own families and communities it is also essential we all understand and are aware of the reality and the risks prevalent in society.
18:30 - Doors Open - Registration & Networking - Welcome Drinks and Light Food

19:00 - Welcome from Ms Maya Ito, Partner, Nishimura & Asahi

19:10 - Human Trafficking in Japan - Lighthouse Japan will discuss their work and experience of supporting victims in Japan

19:40 - The Legal Case - The legal aspect of supporting victims in Japan

20:00 - The Corporate Case - Lessons from investigations and implementation of compliance programs

20:30 - Q&A

20:45 - 21:00 - Drinks and Networking

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Building Your Career In-House or in Private Practice
2:30 AM02:30

Building Your Career In-House or in Private Practice

Women in Law Japan is excited to host our next event on Wednesday, 8 November 2017 from 6.30pm – 9.00pm at Amazon Japan G.K.’s Meguro offices. Please save the date and time! 

The topic will be ‘Building Your Career In-House or in Private Practice.’

Angela Krantz, the Japan Legal Director and Associate General Counsel of Amazon Japan G.K. will be the moderator of a panel of leading GCs/CLOs and Law Firm Partners from various companies and law firms in Tokyo.

This event is open to all genders. RSVPs are essential. We are expecting a full-house, so please register early to avoid any disappointment.  The venue capacity is 100.

We will be conducting the panel in English.

Women in Law Japan Contact:

Our Moderator / モデレーター

アンジェラ・クランツ(Angela Krantz)

Associate General Counsel and Legal Director – Amazon Japan


Angela manages Amazon Japan’s legal department. She has over 20 years' experience in private practice and as a general counsel in-house. She has lived in Japan since 1993 and speaks English and Japanese.

Until October 2013, Angela was a Managing Director at Accenture, where she was the Director of Legal Services for Japan and South Korea, and the Asia Pacific regional transactional legal lead.  Before joining Accenture, Angela was the Director of Legal Services for Mitsubishi UFJ Merrill Lynch PB Securities Co., Ltd. (Tokyo), formerly Merrill Lynch Japan's private banking business. Angela also spent many years working in the Tokyo offices of Clifford Chance and Morrison & Foerster.

Our Panelists / パネリストのご紹介

(in alphabetical order by first name)

ブライアン・チ(Brian Chi
Associate General Counsel – IBM Japan


Brian was the General Counsel for IBM Japan from April 2012 to June 2017. He headed a department of 30 lawyers and contract professionals. Before becoming General Counsel, he took over the role of Assistant General Counsel from January 2010 with oversight on the transactions and deals for IBM Japan. He is currently providing support to IBM Japan and IBM China on various key projects and initiatives.

藤田直介  (Naosuke Fujita)
Managing Director and General Counsel -  Goldman Sachs Japan


Naosuke Fujita is Goldman Sachs’ managing director and general counsel for Japan.  Naosuke also recently assumed the position of head of Office of Corporate Engagement in Japan.  Previously Naosuke was in private practice for 16 years as partner with Japanese and US law firms.  At work Naosuke is an MD ally of the Japan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network and is an active sponsor of legal pro bono opportunities including partnering with outside law firms on LGBT initiatives, refugee issues and support for women entrepreneurs.  Outside of work Naosuke is co-representative of the Lawyers for LGBT and Allies Network, a network that aims to promote and enhance the rights of LGBT individuals in Japan.  Naosuke is a 1985 graduate of Waseda University Law School and earned an LLM from the University of Michigan Law School in 1991.  Most recently Naosuke was awarded the 2017 Outstanding International Corporate Counsel Award by the Section of International Law, American Bar Association and the Most Innovative General Counsel Award in Asia Pacific by the Financial Times, for his significant involvement in pro-bono work in support of LGBT rights.

藤かえで (Kaede Toh)

Partner – Ropes & Gray (Government Enforcement)


Kaede Toh focuses her practice in the areas of white-collar criminal defense and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and non-U.S. regulators. She has extensive experience advising multinational corporations and individuals in a wide variety of DOJ investigations, internal investigations, and civil litigation. She also conducts anti-corruption risk assessment for private equity portfolio companies, and advises clients in implementing compliance and anti-corruption programs.  Kaede grew up in various countries around the world.   She graduated from International Christian University in Tokyo, and obtained her law degree from Suffolk University Law School.

矢倉千栄 (Chie Yakura)
Partner – Morrison Foerster


Chie Yakura is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. She represents both non-Japanese and Japanese corporations in a wide range of litigation matters with an emphasis on intellectual property, technology transactions and trade secrets, as well as cross-border contractual and commercial disputes. Ms. Yakura has also advised on product liability, real estate, licensing, antitrust/competition law and corporate restructuring matters. She has handled cases in a variety of industries, including software, hardware, consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, transportation, real estate and manufacturing.

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Working Mama's Networking and Brainstorming Breakfast
7:45 AM07:45

Working Mama's Networking and Brainstorming Breakfast

  • French Kitchen - Grand Hyatt Tokyo (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

WIL Japan welcomes its members to participate in a networking and brainstorming event for working mothers in Tokyo.  Whether you are a mother-soon-to-be, mother-in-waiting or your children have already flown the nest, please do come along and air your concerns or swap advice.

This event will be hosted by WIL committee member, Jacky Scanlan-Dyas, who, as well as being a mother of two young girls, is a corporate partner at Hogan Lovells, Tokyo. 

今回、Women in Law Japanのメンバーの方を対象として、東京を拠点とするワーキングマザーのためのネットワーキング・ブレインストーミングを目的としたイベントを開きます。もうすぐママになられる方、ママになる準備をしている方、子育てが一段落した方等を含めて、お互いに悩みを相談したり情報を交換する場となれば幸いです。皆様の参加を心よりお待ち申し上げております。

このイベントの幹事を務めるWomen in Law committee memberは、ホーガン・ロヴェルズ("HL")東京事務所のコーポレート・パートナーであり、二人の女の子の母であるジャッキー スキャンラン・ダイアスです。

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Exploring and Managing Stress in the Legal Profession
6:30 PM18:30

Exploring and Managing Stress in the Legal Profession

We have partnered with TELL Japan Wellness to present this event on exploring and managing stress in the legal profession.  Tom Wada will lead us in a Yoga / Meditation exercise which will be a real treat.

本年第5回目となるWomen in Law Japanのイベントを201796日(水)に開催いたします。TELL Japanと共に法律業界におけるストレスについて一緒に考え、どのように対応するかを考えたいと思います。和田トムさんがリードするヨガ・メディテーション・セッションも行いますので楽しみにして下さい!

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Panel: The Importance of Legal Assistance in Refugee Applications
to Jun 2

Panel: The Importance of Legal Assistance in Refugee Applications

Women in Law Japan is excited to host our third event of the year on Thursday, 1 June 2017.

本年第3回目となるWomen in Law Japanのイベントを201761日(木)に開催いたします。

We have partnered with Japan Association for Refugees (JAR) to present this event on the importance of assistance by legal professionals for refugee status applications to the Japanese government.


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