Kazuhilo Kikawa

Kazuhilo Kikawa


Mr. Kikawa has twelve years of experience at the Public Prosecutors Offices and at the Ministry of Justice, and nine years of experience in private practice.

After he was appointed as a public prosecutor in 2000, he investigated a wide variety of cases at the Public Prosecutors Offices around the country. These include organized crime, corporate crime, mafia-related crime, and complex professional negligent manslaughter cases.
From 2010 to 2012, he occupied the position of chief prosecutor of medical affairs at the Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office, and was placed in charge of investigations into a number of cases of medical malpractice manslaughter, unqualified medical practice, illegal pharmaceutical advertising of drugs and supplements, and other healthcare-related crimes.

In addition, during his time at the Ministry of Justice, he was put in charge of a nation-wide investigation into inmate death cases in prisons. He was also in charge of the 2009 immigration reform as the main drafter of the amendment of the Immigration Control Act, and supervised administrative procedure and lawsuits of illegal immigrant around the country.

Drawing on his vast experience, in his current practice, he provides advice regarding compliance and legal risk management related to the business activities of domestic and foreign companies. He mainly focuses on medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare regulations, advertising and marketing regulations, and legal issues concerning the quality and safety of products and services.

He has extensive experience working with his client companies on their internal investigations. He also advises clients in connection with administrative and criminal investigations by regulatory authorities, and handles any subsequent legal proceedings.

In addition, he provides advice on day-to-day legal issues and commercial disputes to numerous clients from a wide range of industries, including medical corporations, pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical device manufacturers, medical support services providers, e-commerce businesses, web marketing firms, freight transport companies, and foreign hotel entities.

Kikawa Kazuhilo

Practice Areas

Practice Groups

  • 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




Professional Admissions

  • Japan (2000)

Professional and Academic Associations

  • Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association


  • Japanese (first language)
  • English