Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Tatsu Katayama


Japanese lawyers have faced the globalization of legal markets for decades. The first wave of globalization was characterized by inbound work. It came in 1987, when Japan opened its legal markets to foreign lawyers. Since then, foreign law firms have established offices in Japan and practiced together with Japanese lawyers on international legal matters. The second wave of globalization was characterized by outbound work. Japanese lawyers practicing outside of Japan have increased significantly in the past several years. My presentation briefly describes activities of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (“JFBA”) in the context of the globalization of Japanese lawyers.