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Yuko Haraguchi

Of Counsel / Attorney at Law in Japan

Profile and Expertise

After registering as a lawyer in 2008, she joined Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, where she was engaged in general corporate matters and cross-border M&A transactions. After that, she handled general corporate matters and international transactional matters such as assisting Japanese companies to expand their business overseas. She has also been involved in a wide range of development assistance work, including research on judicial, administrative, and health systems in South and Southeast Asia, research on judicial system and employment, being engaged in the gender and health projects in Africa, some of which were undertaken by JICA.

In addition to her domestic experience as a corporate auditor and as a director of a medical corporation, she has diverse international work experience, such as visiting and researching courts in more than 30 countries around the world, including Asia and Africa, which experience was published as a book in Japan.

She is currently studying at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (https://www.soas.ac.uk/) in the United Kingdom. She is actively posting cutting-edge information on Asia, Africa, and Europe, while she studies on African Law and Development, and Law and Anthropology.

  • Experience
  • Publications
  • Seminars
  • Newsletter
  • ◆Legal◆
    ・International Transactions (cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions)
    ・General corporate legal affairs (corporate governance)
    ・International Transactions (including overseas expansion support for Japanese companies)
    ・Part-time outside corporate auditor of a corporation
    ・Director of the board of directors of a medical corporation

    ◆Development assistance◆
    ・Training and legal research on criminal justice in French-speaking Africa
    ・Information gathering/confirmation survey on improving access to justice and networking in 8 African countries
    ・Information gathering and survey on employment environment for vulnerable groups in the "Horn of Africa" region
    ・Gender-based violence (GBV) prevention project in Zambia

    (Southeast and South Asia)
    ・Basic study for launching a social development project fund in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Laos
    ・Public service improvement project in Bangladesh
    ・Survey on health projects in Thailand and Vietnam
    ・Research and management of the Asian Women's Startup Network (AWSEN) and the Emerging Women Entrepreneurs Forum

  • - Columns (JBPress, a business media)  https://jbpress.ismedia.jp/

    - Columns (Call4, a litigation support media)  https://www.call4.jp/

    - "Sekai Saiban Horoki (World Court Ramblings)" published by Kotoni-sha https://www.kotonisha.com/project-07


2005 Graduated from The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, Japan
2007 Graduated from Waseda Law School, Japan
2007 Passed the Bar Examination
2008 Admitted to the bar (Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association)
2008 Joined Mori Hamada & Matsumoto Law Firm
2010 Established Haraguchi Gotanda Law Office
   Assigned to Bangladesh as an officer of a non-profit organization
2012 Traveled around Asia, Africa, and Latin America (-2014)
2015 Engaged in ODA projects in Southeast Asia and Africa (-2017)
2018 Joined Nonaka & Kawarabayashi Law Firm
2018- Part-time External Auditor, W TOKYO Inc.
2020 Engaged in judicial investigation cases in 8 African countries
2021 Joined Miyamura & Igeta Law Office
2021- Medical Corporation (Kosei-kai, Zenshu-kai, Maebashi-kai, Aishin-kai, Ryokufu-kai) Director
2023- School of Oriental and African Studies (SOASSOAS), University of London, UK
2023 Joined One Asia Lawyers
2023- Outside Auditor of Reabroad Inc.

Admitted/Professional Experience

    Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association


Japanese, English