Practice Staff Highlights Access News Japanese

Miguel Kitamura

Tel: +81-3-3580-4567
Fax: +81-3-3580-4589
Miguel Kitamura is the founder of KitamuraLaw. A graduate of Tokyo University, he worked in the Japanese government for 13 years and began his career in private practice in 1992. He holds master's degrees from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Miguel Kitamura represents a wide range of internationally-known clients in telecommunications and broadcasting, life sciences, software and intellectual property in Tokyo, for their regulatory/commercial issues and acquisition/merger transactions of these firms.
He represented the Japanese government institutions in cases brought against before the World Trade Organization. He also wrote several articles on the issues of high-technology industries including semiconductors and pharmaceuticals, and international intellectual property issues. Languages: English, français

Yoshimichi (Leonard) Makiyama
Attorney, admitted in Japan and New York

Tel: +81-3-3580-4567
Fax: +81-3-3580-4589
Admitted in Japan and in New York, Yoshimichi Makiyama has been practicing law both in Japan and overseas over 20 years. As an IP expert, he worked in leading Japanese law firms and in Microsoft Japan. Makiyama graduated from Tokyo University and received a masters degree from Columbia Law School and is also qualified as a patent counsel.
He represents both foreign and Japanese clients in a variety of industries and has been active in media and entertainment financing and transactions. Languages: English, Deutsch

Mamoru Narukawa, Ph.D. in biostatistics
Scientific Advisor

Dr. Narukawa, graduate of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty of Tokyo University, brings unique value to the firm's service as a scientific advisor. Previously, he served in the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan and is well versed in the agency practice. He held key positions in approval, development and reimbursement of drugs. He is also a tenured professor at Kitasato University.

Yuji Kitamura, Ph.D.
Technology Advisor

Dr. Kitamura received a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is currently attending the Tokyo University Law School.

Life Science Resources

  • - Flowchart of Medical Device Reporting Requirement(PDF 151KB)
  • - Excerpts of Japanese Drug Exclusivity Rules (2008)(PDF 16KB)
  • - Japan's Drug GMP (2005)(PDF 222KB)
  • - Japan's Medical Device QMS (2005)(PDF 359KB)

  • Analytical Resources

  • - Welfare Economics of Drug Approval in Japan (2013) (PDF 260KB)
  • - WTO Evidentiary Rules (1999) (PDF 85KB)(in Japanese)
  • - Application of Japanese Law to Web Transactions (1997) (PDF 159KB) (in Japanese)
  • - Paul Krugman's Impact on International Trade Policy Issues (1991) (PDF 260KB)

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