Kei is a partner of our registered associated offices of Ito & Mitomi. For more than 25 years, he has advised clients on antitrust/antimonopoly law, international business transactions, disputes/litigation, compliance, and internal investigations. He counsels clients on litigation matters in both Japan and the United States. Kei routinely handles cartel, monopolization, unfair trade practice, and related administrative fine (kachokin) cases, and he has deep experience with internal investigations into potential antitrust and non-antitrust violations.
Kei previously served at the Japan Fair Trade Commission, where he was the first lawyer hired under a special law offering legal advice in JFTC investigations and administrative hearings.
Kei is also active as a Non Governmental Advisor for the International Competition Network, a forum for approximately 130 national competition agencies worldwide. He regularly speaks at ICN conferences and advises JFTC and ICN committees on major issues, such as merger reviews and cartel investigations, from the private counsel viewpoint.
Kei is a member of the Tokyo Bar Association and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, as well as the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and International Bar Association. He is also a member of the Antimonopoly Department of the Tokyo Bar Association and the managing director of the Japan Competition Law Forum. He is a bengoshi and graduated from the Legal Training and Research Institute of Japan in 1993. Kei is also a Special Professor of the Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University, where he teaches competition law and policy.
Chambers Asia Pacific has noted that Kei is “really quick to get to grips with his client’s situation.” He is also noted in Who’s Who Legal: Competition for providing “thought through and practical advice” to clients.Show More
Chambers Asia Pacific 2009 – 2020
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019
Global Competition Review 2009 – 2019
The Best Lawyers in Japan 2019