http://www.rbalaw.org/ International Legal Network January 2004
A New Year, a New Start Shinnenkai Success!
By Delon Abrams Foreign Admitted Lawyers Ring in 2004
RBA Membership Coordinator
By Jeff Shimamoto
Greetings RBA Members! We on the Executive RBA Operations Coordinator
Board hope that everyone had a wonderful and
refreshing New Year’s holiday and that January The foreign admitted lawyers in Japan welcomed
has been a great start to 2004 for all our Members. the New Year and what a welcome it was. The
After the great success of the Shinnenkai to start Third Annual Foreign Admitted Lawyers
off the year, the RBA is now gearing up for a Shinnenkai, jointly hosted by the ACCJ, ANZCC,
terrific year! Foreign Lawyers Association of Japan, FWLA,
Kokusai Shoji Homu American Lawyers Club and
The RBA Board is hard at work planning the RBA, was held at Soho’s Omotesando on
interesting and fun events for the coming year, Thursday, January 29th. The party proved to be
and we will start off the year with a fascinating an unbelievable success attracting attendees from
discussion by several distinguished speakers on as far as Manila, the Philippines. Over 150 legal
the topic of “Global Security, Terrorism and professionals and their friends ate and drank, and
Visas,” to be held on Friday, February 27th then ate and drank some more until all the food
beginning at 7:30 p.m. Directing the topic of provided by Soho’s and all the Washington State
discussion will be a familiar face to RBA members wine provided by Orca International vanished.
- Richard Goldstein, a returning RBA lecturer Special thanks go to all the RBA Board members
who is also one of the founding members of the who helped organize the events for the evening.
RBA. Other features speakers will include Mr.
Edward McKeon, Consul-General and Minister After a very successful 2003, the RBA Executive
counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Japan; Alan Board will remain relatively unchanged and is
Sutton, H.M. Consul at the British Embassy, and prepared to maintain the RBA’s status as the
an Entry Clearance Officer of the British premier legal networking organization in Tokyo.
Embassy. Similar to last year, the RBA will be offering
substantive lectures and speeches on the last
These notable speakers combine many years of Thursday of every other month at Century Court
distinguished experience in the fields of in Roppongi. In 2003, the RBA was fortunate
immigration and consular issues, and surely have enough to host such notable speakers as Hunter
wonderful insights into the complexities of our Hale and Ron Lavoie, who spoke on a range of
current times to share with our Membership. issues from regulations affecting foreign lawyers
We are thrilled to kick off the first meeting event in Japan to zoning restrictions on land in Japan.
of 2004 with such a prominent panel of speakers, We expect to continue with this trend in 2004,
and look forward to seeing all our Members on and we hope that everyone will take advantage of
the 27th! To accommodate this great event, this what our meetings have to offer. In particular, a
meeting will be held in a new venue, the Ibis Hall chance to network with other members of the
located on the 4th floor of the Ibis Hotel in foreign legal community and a forum in which to
central Roppongi. Please see their location map discuss issues that touch us on professional and
at http://www.ibis-hotel.com/map.jpg personal levels.
Now that the RBA has begun events for 2004, we
remind everyone its time to renew your INSIDE THIS NEWSLETTER
memberships - see the 2004 Membership Form
inside this newsletter. As always, information on A New Year Pg. 1
upcoming events will be distributed to all Shinnenkai Success! Pg. 1
Members as the events are finalized. We look RBA EVENTS Pg.2
forward to a year full of exciting and appealing
events, and encourage everyone to participate in Announcements Pg. 3
making 2004 a fantastic year for the legal Career Opportunities Pg. 4
community here in Tokyo. See you all soon! 2004 Membership Form End
Roppongi Bar Association Newsletter – January 2004 1
The RBA Presents:
Global Security, Ter rorism and Visas:
A discussion of cur rent issues
Friday, February 27th
7:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
The RBA is proud to bring to present for our first meeting of the year, an impressive panel of guests who
will speak primarily about the legal changes and challenges in light of increased terrorism and global
security concerns they have faced in their roles as legal practitioners. The invited speakers all play
important roles in the international legal community and have extensive experience in providing advice on
international law and indeed also on influencing the direction of government policies.
Senior Partner, Law Offices of Richard Goldstein
The RBA is happy to welcome back Richard Goldstein, a long-time friend and a trusted voice
on immigration law. Based out of London and New York, Mr. Goldstein frequently visits
Japan to advise clients on international immigration concerns.
Consul-General and Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, U.S. Embassy
Mr. McKeon was recently appointed to the position of Consul-General at the U.S. Embassy.
Before his appointment to his current position in September last year, Mr. McKeon served with
great distinction in a number of U.S. diplomatic assignments, including recent posts as
Consul-General at the U.S. Embassy in Israel and at the U.S. Consulate General, Guangzhou,
H.M. Consul, British Embassy
Mr. Sutton too has served with great distinction at many diplomatic posts and currently
oversees consular affairs for the British Embassy in
Entry Clearance Officer, British Embassy
Location: Ibis Hall, 4th Floor Ibis Hotel
Members Fee: 3500 yen
Guest Fee: 4000 yen
Includes: Food and Drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks)
RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, February 25th.
We look forward to seeing you at this exciting first informational program of 2004. Please
also feel free to invite your colleagues and other interested parties to attend this special event.
Roppongi Bar Association Newsletter – January 2004 2
The 2004 RBA
POSITIONS ON THE RBA
Account Managers EXECUTVE BOARD ARE
William Herbert STILL AVAILABLE
email@example.com If you would like to contribute to
keeping the RBA running and serving
the legal community here in Japan, feel
Career Opportunities free to contact any RBA Board Member!
If you would like to place an
announcement relevant to RBA Members
in the Newsletter, please send an email to
Joanna Diamond the RBA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aaron Kleiman No advertisements, please.
Roppongi Bar Association Newsletter – January 2004 3
Career Opportunities and other key jurisdictions is vital, together with
the ability to critically analyse policy issues and
If you would like to place a job listing in
developments and successfully deal with
future issues of the RBA Newsletter or notify
the RBA Membership of any career regulatory authorities. A degree of international
opportunities, please send e-mail to the RBA exposure will be key. Native level fluency in
at email@example.com. Japanese is highly desirable. A local, highly
competitive package will be offered to the
If you contact an employer who lists with us,
successful candidate. If you would like to
please be sure to let them know you heard
about them through the RBA. discuss this role further please contact Laurence
Munoz, Managing Director, Major Hagen &
And if you know of a law firm or company Africa, at Tel (852) 3101 9678 or e-mail at
seeking an attorney, be sure to let them know firstname.lastname@example.org.
about the RBA listings!!
Cadence Design Systems, Japan
Senior Counsel, Top Global Mobile
Position Title: Senior Contract Manager
Telecommunications Network, TOKYO
Reports to: General Counsel - Japan
Our client is one of the largest mobile
telecommunications network companies in the
world. Investments the company has made in
Cadence is the world's largest supplier of
their network and in new technologies mean
electronic design technologies, methodology
they will lead the way in defining mobile data
services, and design services. Cadence solutions
services across the world. An exciting
are used to accelerate and manage the design of
opportunity has arisen for an experienced
semiconductors, computer systems, networking
regulatory specialist to join the company within
and telecommunications equipment, consumer
their Corporate Planning Group in Tokyo.
electronics, and a variety of other
Reporting directly to the General Manager,
electronics-based products. With
Corporate Planning, this will be a key role in
approximately 5,000 employees and 2002
tackling major regulatory issues facing the
revenues of approximately $1.3 billion, Cadence
company in the Japanese market. You will be
has sales offices, design centers, and research
involved in commercial and strategic planning;
facilities around the world.
policy review and analysis; preparation of
The company is headquartered in San Jose,
written submissions; participation in Soumusho
Calif., and traded on the New York Stock
and industry working groups and generally,
Exchange under the symbol CDN. More
advocate the company's policy position. The
information about the company, its products and
ideal candidate will have 5 - 10 years'
services is available at www.cadence.com (in
experience in telecommunications or other
English) and www.cadence.co.jp (in Japanese).
regulated network industry gained within
another corporation or recognized professional
services firm. A strong working knowledge of
Senior Contract Manager will provide contract
telecommunications law and regulation in Japan
Roppongi Bar Association Newsletter – January 2004 4
drafting, negotiation, and management support
for the Legal Dept. in Japan. Responsibilities
will include drafting contracts primarily in
Japanese, negotiating contracts with customers
and vendors primarily in Japanese, updating and
maintaining the department's Japanese
documents, contract management (including
reviewing for completeness, attending to
execution, distribution, and filing), project
coordination and management, and interfacing
with personnel from other groups within
Cadence. The candidate should have some
contract drafting and reviewing experience with
software licensing agreements, and also must be
flexible in his/her approach to work in order to
grow and succeed in this small legal department
setting. Native Japanese language fluency is
required. The person must be able to work
independently and have strong project
management, interpersonal, and communication
skills both in Japanese and English. Background
should demonstrate an attention to detail and
experience in a role involving sensitive and
Graduate of the legal faculty of a leading
6 - 10 years of relevant work experience and
current employment in the legal department of a
leading Japanese trading or technology company,
including experience negotiating software
Contact: Yasumasa Hoshino, Human Resources
(Tel: 045-475-6900, E-mail:
Roppongi Bar Association Newsletter – January 2004 5
Temple University Law School, Program in Japan
2-8-12 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0047
Tel. 03-5441-9800 Fax 03-5765-2517 E-mail email@example.com
TUJ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Invitation to Participate
As a fellow-member of the Tokyo legal community, Temple University School of Law would
like to invite your organization to participate in a unique legal internship program.
Commencing January 2004, Temple Law School expects to host over 50 experienced law
students from over 35 law schools across the United States. Our internship program offers
these law students the opportunity to gain first hand experience and knowledge about the
practice of law in Japan.
Our law students welcome legal internship opportunities lasting one day, one week, one
month, or the entire semester on either a paid or unpaid basis (“preferably paid” according to
the typical hungry law student). In the past, our interns have undertaken tasks enabling
them to experience the Japanese legal and business environment, interact with legal
professionals and staff, and gain an insight into Japan’s business culture. Such tasks have
included translation, proofreading, legal research, contract drafting, due diligence, file
management, litigation support, negotiations, correspondence, and the teaching of legal
If you are interested in finding out more about Temple Law’s internship program, please
contact Akiko Abe (Internship Coordinator) or Matthew Wilson (Director) via telephone at
03-5441-9841 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Roppongi Bar Association Newsletter – January 2004 6
1.1. TMP/Hudson Global Resources Legal Team
Dedicated solely to the Tokyo Legal Market’s needs. If you wish to know your options or have any
questions at all about the market or your individual situation, please contact us!
Please visit our company web site at: http://www.hudsonresourcing.co.jp
Or our Legal page within: http://www.hudsonresourcing.co.jp/node.asp?SID=1277
Manager, Legal & Financial Services
Coverage: Legal (Bengoshi, Foreign Attorney), Compliance, and Para-Legals
Having finished his MBA Finance Degree at International University of Japan, James joined TMP Worldwide in
Tokyo as a Principal Consultant in the Banking and Finance Division in 2000. In that first year James successfully
completed search assignments for Regional COOs, Country COOs, Head of Operations and a number of middle
levels manager roles as well. During this time he also went on to establish the Real Estate and Legal team -
cornerstones of the Tokyo office today.
Currently James is managing a team of 12 people but is responsible for delivering search assignments within the
legal industry and has made a number of high profile placements including several Partners and Investment Banking
Heads of Legal as well as several transactional lawyers and paralegals.
Mail to: James Graham Phone: 03-3511-6486
Katsuyoshi “Kats” Otsuka
Coverage: Bengoshi, Foreign Attorneys for Corporate In-house roles and Law Firms
Kats is a specialized recruiter for legal market in Japan. He handles in-house corporate legal positions for
various industries outside of Finance. His track record includes Bengoshi Partners, Head of Legal and legal
manager positions at IT, Pharmaceutical, Medical equipment, consumer products companies for domestic and
global companies in Tokyo. He has B.S. degree in Material Science and Engineering from Arizona State
Prior to joining Hudson Global Resources, Kats was involved in a large-scale ISP start-up business in Japan. It is
here he began his working relationship with James Graham that continues today at Hudson Global Resources.
Mail to: Katsuyoshi Otsuka Phone: 03-3511-6489
Keisuke “Keith” Yamaguchi
Responsibilities: Candidate Sourcing & Research
Often the first voice people hear from Hudson Global Resources, Keisuke started as researcher and now is
responsible for candidate sourcing and associate consultant duties. He works closely and supports James
Graham & Katsuyoshi Otsuka. He has B.S. degree in International Business Management from Goldey-Beacom
College at Delaware, USA.
Mail to: Keisuke Yamaguchi Phone: 03-3511-6507
Responsibilities: Izumi has been working with James & Kats for 2 years and is the heart & soul of the team.
Other than being the person that makes everything go smoothly for candidates and clients alike, she is
responsible for our internal procedures, billings, trouble shooting, making and confirming some of the most
complicated arrangements known to our industry.
Roppongi Bar Association Newsletter – January 2004 7
10th Fl. Roi Bldg., 5-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8522
Tel: 03-3478-4100 www.century-court.com
SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP PROMOTION
Dear RBA Members:
As a means of productive cooperation with the RBA, Century Court is offering an exclusive
Membership to RBA members.
For those RBA members who become new Century Court International Members (available to
foreigners) by June 30, 2003, we are offering Century Checks. These Century Checks,
worth a total value of 20,000 yen, can be used to purchase food and beverages in any one of
the fine establishments at Century Court.
INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
The annual fee for International Membership is 21,000 yen with no registration fee.
The following is a list of membership benefits:
1. No Visitor’s fee for your guests at Century Court.
2. Use of the sports center TIPNESS (reduced fee of 2,000 yen per visit).
3. 10% off at WDI’s (www.wdi.co.jp) Roppongi restaurants, Hard Rock CAFÉ Tokyo,
Spago, Tony Roma’s, KYOGYU-SO, rainbow roll sushi and Breeze of Tokyo
4. 30% off at Hotel IBIS and Roppongi Prince Hotel, 10% off at Hotel Okura Tokyo and
20% off Sheraton Taipei.
5. 20-40% off at Nippon Rent a Car (reservations are required at least 7 days prior to use).
6. 5-20% off at Hertz.
7. 5% off of LOOK JTB Tours (high quality overseas package tours).
8. 3% off of LOOK JTB Slim Tours (reasonably priced overseas package tours).
*The tour brochures are available at the club.
For further assistance, please contact Ms. Iho Uchida of the Membership Relations Office at
email@example.com or call 03-3478-4100.
ROPPONGI BAR ASSOCIATION
International Legal Network
Registration Form 2004
Welcome to the Roppongi Bar Association. RBA members receive access to our monthly newsletter,
which includes up to date listings of legal-related career opportunities in Japan, advance notice of all RBA
events, discounted attendance fees to some RBA events, and access to members-only events. In addition,
you will be helping to support the unique and valuable resource that is the RBA!
FEES: The fee for 2004 RBA membership is JPY 5,000 for new members who join from January
through March, JPY 4,000 for new members who join from April through June, JPY 3,000 for new
members who join from July through September and JPY 7,000* for new members who join from October
through December (*includes annual fee for following year). Students are JPY 2,000 at any time of year.
*NOTE: Members who are renewing their memberships from 2003 must pay JPY 5,000 regardless of
the date of renewal in 2004.
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Company Name: Job Title/Description:
Office Address: Home Address: (Optional)
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E-Mail Address: Nationality:
Date of Payment/Bank Transfer: Amount Paid:
Bank Transfer Information:
Please make payment by bank transfer (if you are unfamiliar with the furikomi bank transfer system, please
see our furikomi instructions document), please deposit to:
Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi - Jimbocho Branch
Account Type: Ordinary
Account Number: 1283202
Account Name: "Roppongi Bar Association"
Then please download, complete and e-mail this form as an attachment to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Alternatively, you may pay your membership fee in person at any RBA Event.