Epstein Becker Green is proud to have a longstanding relationship with the Japanese business community. For three decades, we have provided advice, counsel, and representation to Japanese companies that operate or are seeking to operate in the United States. Since 1984, we have represented more Japanese companies in employment-related matters than any other U.S. law firm.
Our Enduring Relationship with the Japanese Business Community
Our history of providing high-quality legal services to the Japanese business community dates back to the 1980s, when Japanese companies first began operating businesses in the United States and making serious investments in U.S. real estate—particularly in New York City. Soon thereafter, in Avagliano v. Sumitomo Shoji America, Inc., one such business—a New York corporation that was a wholly owned subsidiary of a Japanese general trading company—became the target of class action lawsuit alleging that the company unlawfully discriminated by hiring exclusively male Japanese citizens to fill executive, managerial, and sales positions in violation of U.S. labor law. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the company’s defense that it was not subject to U.S. employment laws by virtue of the 1953 U.S.-Japan Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation Treaty. Unhappy with this outcome, the company hired Epstein Becker Green. We negotiated a favorable resolution to the lawsuit that allowed the Japanese managers of the company to remain. This result was received well by both our client and the Japanese business community as a whole, and has led to many other Japanese businesses seeking our firm’s advice and representation.
We regularly represent Japanese companies of all sizes—from start-ups to large multinational corporations—in a broad range of industries, including financial services, real estate, energy, and gas. We tailor our legal services to the different needs and business objectives of our Japanese clients, helping them effectively navigate the complex laws in the U.S. market.
Members of the Japanese Business Services team provide advice, counsel, and representation to Japanese clients in matters concerning:
- Labor and employment
- Health care
- Pharmaceuticals and medical devices
- Real estate
In each of these areas, we provide general consultation on day-to-day management issues to senior executives of Japanese companies operating in the United States and, if the matter requires, we represent these companies in employment-related litigations and arbitrations involving common labor disputes, labor union issues, discrimination claims, and workers’ compensation.
Epstein Becker Green remains deeply committed to developing relationships of trust and confidence with Japanese businesses operating or seeking to operate in the United States and will continue to guide them safely through the U.S. legal landscape.
The Japanese Business Services team consists of attorneys who regularly travel to Japan, have extensive experience working with Japanese clients, and are acutely aware of the legal and business issues facing Japanese companies in the United States today as well as the emerging trends that they will face in the future. In addition to having Japanese language capabilities, the team understands and appreciates Japanese culture and customs and knows the special and unique challenges and concerns of Japanese businesses in the United States. Additionally, team members regularly speak before U.S. and Japanese audiences, including the Keidanren, providing insights on emerging and mission-critical issues that affect their U.S.-based operations.
The principal Japanese Business Services team members, who are supported by their colleagues in Epstein Becker Green’s national practices, are as follows: