Hikaru leads our Vietnam practice, providing legal advice on a broad range of areas in relation to foreign investment into Vietnam, including green field investment in restricted areas, the food and beverages industry, M&A transactions, general corporate matters and labor matters, as well as exits from investments by foreign investors. In collaboration with her partners in Tokyo, she has also handled various crisis management cases and dispute resolution cases for foreign investors.

She took the initiative in launching the firm’s ASEAN practice in 2012 following the establishment of our Ho Chi Minh City office in 2010, and our Hanoi office in 2011. Since 2012, she has served concurrently as head of the two offices and as the Partner-in-Charge of our Vietnam practice. She has been recognized as a leading individual in Corporate/M&A in Vietnam for
consecutive years from 2012 to 2018 by Chambers Global.

Recent activities


Top attorneys in Japan: Best Lawyers - 2021 edition



Outstanding Firm for Diversity & Inclusion: Chambers D&I Awards Asia-Pacific 2020



Chambers Global 2020



Stanford Law School (J.S.M.)
Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

Professional experience

2018 -
Lecturer, Gakushuin University for Asian Business Law
2018 -
Outside Corporate Auditor, DCM Holdings Co., Ltd.
2016 -
Partner for Vietnam Offices
2015 - 2019
Outside Corporate Auditor, Asteria Corporation
2012 - 2015
Hanoi Office Partner
2010 - 2015
HCMC Office Partner
Member of the International Conciliation Rules Review Committee, the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association
2007 - 2008
Lecturer, The University of Tokyo
Deputy Director,The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aid Policy Division, International Cooperation Bureau
Legal Adviser for the Technical Assistance Seminar (Competition Law) in Vietnam, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
2004 - 2006
Legal Adviser for the Legal and Judicial Development Project in the Lao People's Democratic Republic JICA.