Kazuhilo Kikawa

Kazuhilo Kikawa


Mr. Kikawa has twelve years of work experience at the Public Prosecutors Offices and the Ministry of Justice, and ten years of work experience as an attorney.

After he was appointed as a public prosecutor in 2000, he led a wide variety of investigations at the Public Prosecutors Offices around Japan. These included investigations of organized crime, mafia-related crime, corporate crime, white collar crime, and complex professional negligent manslaughter cases.

Early in his career, he was engaged in the investigations and trials of Mitsubishi Motors’ “Flying Tires Case” in which the company concealed defects in its products. He conducted interrogations of persons from field engineers to top executives, and served as the lead prosecutor in the trials. Later as the chief prosecutor of medical affairs at the Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office, he handled a number of cases that required specialized knowledge, leading investigations of healthcare-related crimes, such as medical malpractice manslaughter, unqualified medical practice, and illegal pharmaceutical advertising of drugs and supplements.

During his two assignments at the Ministry of Justice, he was engaged in a nation-wide investigation into inmate death cases in prisons, and was also in charge of the 2009 immigration reform as the main drafter of the amendment of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act and handling of Diet affairs, advising on deportation procedures and administrative litigation for illegal foreign residents in Japan.

Drawing on his vast experience, in his current practice since 2012, he provides advice regarding compliance and legal risk management related to the business activities of domestic and foreign companies, focusing on legal issues related to medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare, advertising and marketing, and the quality and safety of products and services.

In addition to his extensive experience in internal investigations, he also provides clients in various business fields with advice on the handling of administrative and criminal investigations, and subsequent administrative or criminal proceedings.

Kikawa Kazuhilo

Practice Areas

Practice Groups

  • Corporate Crisis Management Practice Group
  • Dispute Resolution 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 (Investigation Department/Special Investigation Department)
Apr 2001 Naha District Public Prosecutors Office (In charge of international crime/mafia crime)
Apr 2003 Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office
Apr 2003 The Ministry of Justice, Criminal Affairs Bureau (Inmate Death Record Investigation Team)
Apr 2004 Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office (Special Investigation Department/Trials Department)
Apr 2005 Okayama District Public Prosecutors Office (Instructor of legal trainees/In charge of international crime)
Apr 2007 The Ministry of Justice, Immigration Bureau, Adjudication Division (In charge of administrative litigation/refugee recognition)
Apr 2008 The Ministry of Justice, Immigration Bureau, Office of Counselor (In charge of 2009 immigration reform)
Apr 2010 Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office (Chief Prosecutor of Medical Affairs at Investigation Division)
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 Appropriate Medical Information,” 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 and judo therapists,” 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