Utilizing his twelve years of experience in the Ministry of Justice and the Prosecutors' Office, Mr. Kikawa represents domestic and foreign clients in administrative and criminal investigations by enforcement agencies, and in various commercial, administrative, and consumer disputes. He also has extensive experience in advising on internal investigations of corporate scandals and compliance with various legal regulations.
Although his range of legal practice is broad, Mr. Kikawa has recently been particularly involved in matters falling within the areas set out below.
Medical and Healthcare
Based on his experience with medical disputes while at the Tokyo Prosecutors' Office, where he acted as the prosecutor in charge of numerous cases involving a variety of medical and pharmaceutical accidents and violations of medical and healthcare-related laws including the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Act, Medical Care Act and Medical Practitioners’ Act, Mr. Kikawa provides advice about medical and healthcare-related accidents and contractual disputes, the import of and sale restrictions on medical products and devices, as well as restrictions on advertising and promotional activities.
Mr. Kikawa also handles issues concerning the Health Promotion Act, Tobacco Business Act and Cannabis Control Act as related areas.
From 2017, Mr. Kikawa has been a member of the Medical Advertising Rules Study Group in the Health Policy Bureau of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Advertising, Marketing and Promotion Rules (Consumer Acts)
Mr. Kikawa provides wide-ranging advice about the Premiums and Representations Act, Consumer Contract Act, Specified Commercial Transactions Act, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Act, Health Promotion Act, Unfair Competition Prevention Act, Food Labeling Act, and related laws regulating advertising and marketing activities.
He also has extensive experience responding to administrative investigations regarding violations of the rules on representations and premiums under the Premiums and Representations Act, violations of the rules on extravagant advertising under the Health Promotion Act, and violations of the rules on advertising under the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Act brought by the Consumer Affairs Agency, Fair Trade Commission, regional governments, the Public Health Centers, and similar agencies, and provides advice about injunction actions and Japan class actions by qualified consumer groups under various consumer acts.
E-commerce (Internet Business)
Mr. Kikawa handles a myriad of legal issues arising from internet sales, web-media, portal sites, reservation sites, and other e-commerce activities. He has broad experience with the various legal issues relating to e-commerce, including providing such legal services as reviewing advertising expressions on product landing pages and web-media articles, drafting usage rules, privacy policies, and related agreements, and responding to internet slander.
White Collar Criminal Defense
Mr. Kikawa handles defenses against criminal cases instituted by corporations or their employees, such as violations of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act (including in relation to statements and representations likely to mislead the public, bribery of foreign public officials, etc.), the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Act and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act.
Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act
When Mr. Kikawa was an officer in the Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice, he was in charge of drafting the bill and dealing with the Diet for the 2009 revisions to the Immigration Control Act, and based on that experience is regularly requested to advise on legal issues connected with visas for foreign employees, the Technical Internship Program and other matters.
Mr. Kikawa also advises numerous clients in respect of the Hotel Business Act, Travel Agency Act, and Private Lodging Business Act (MinPaku Act).
- Corporate Crisis Management Practice Group
- Dispute Resolution Group
- Technology & Information Practice Group
- Life Sciences and Health Care Practice Group
|Mar 1998||Kyoto University (LL.B.)|
|Apr 1998 - Mar 2000||The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan|
|Apr 2000||Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office|
|Jun 2000||Takamatsu District Public Prosecutors Office|
|Apr 2001||Naha District Public Prosecutors Office|
|Apr 2003||The Ministry of Justice, Criminal Affairs Bureau|
|Apr 2003||Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office|
|Apr 2004||Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office|
|Apr 2005||Okayama District Public Prosecutors Office|
|Apr 2007||The Ministry of Justice, Immigration Bureau (Currently: Immigration Service Agency)|
|Apr 2010||Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office (Chief Prosecutor of Medical Affairs)|
|Apr 2012||Registered as a private practitioner|
|Jul 2014||Graduate study, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (LL.M.)|
|Sep 2017||Member of “Study Group on how medical Information should be provided, and other related issues,” Health Policy Bureau of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare|
|May 2018||Member of “Study Group on advertisements of massage and shiatsu practitioners, acupuncturists, moxibustion practitioners, judo therapists and other practitioners,” Health Policy Bureau of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare|
- Japan (2012)
Professional and Academic Associations
- Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association
- Japanese (first language)