17JAPAN LAWYERS GUIDE 2018/19Law Firm Prolesas well as for major Japanese oil rener Idemitsu Kosan on its business integration with Showa Shell Sekiyu, the group reorganisation of global e-commerce and commu-nications company Rakuten, the project nancing by Mizuho of Tokyo Haneda Airport’s expansion project, and MUFG’s acquisition of Indonesia’s Bank Danamon.Sector Focus One example of our rm’s innovation in the way we deliver legal services can be found in an initiative based around building sector expertise. In recent years the rm has formalised a Life Science/Healthcare group which consists of lawyers drawn from a range of areas of exper-tise that are likely to be relevant to clients operating in those sectors: so, for instance, combining international trade, patent and corporate M&A expertise in the Life Science/Healthcare group allows for a deeper and more strategic focus on the issues aecting that particular sector and the opportunities to assist clients in achiev-ing their objectives. e joining of Mariko Mimura, a Life Science/Healthcare practitioner who has consider-able knowledge and years of experience in Executive and General Counsel positions at some of the world’s largest international pharmaceutical and medical-equipment companies, is also expected to make a signicant con-tribution to our rm. Clients see our rm operating as ‘one team’ able to bring the particular expertise required at any point in time to the service of our clients’ needs. As the partner who heads the 20-strong Life Science/Healthcare team, Somuku Iimura explains: “e strength of Japan’s pharmaceutical industry allied to the challeng-es for nursing care presented by an aging population present opportunities which are best tackled by pulling a team of lawyers together to address multiple issues: so, for instance, we are currently considering how personal information data can be lawfully used for medical relat-ed entities to develop better targeted medical treatments. We are also very fortunate to have as our exclusive adviser a former senior ocial from the Ministry of Health, La-bour and Welfare.” e strategic thinking of our rm’s current leadership comes into play in analysing the macro issues at play in Masaki HosakaManaging Partner

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