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Renault-Nissan-Ghosn: Japanese Justice in Comparative Perspective

Monday, March 25   19:00 - 21:00

  • Stephen Givens (Professor in the Law Faculty of Sophia University)
  • David Litt (Professor at Keio Law School)
  • Hiroki Sasakura (Professor of Criminal Procedure at Keio Law School)
  • Akiko Yamakawa (Partner, Vanguard Tokyo Law firm)
  • Yoichiro Yamakawa (Partner, Koga & Partners)

Since Carlos Ghosn’s arrest and extended pre-trial detention, the Japanese legal system, and in particular the criminal justice system, has received heightened international scrutiny and criticism. In the view of many foreign commentators, Ghosn’s treatment by the prosecutors breaches basic constitutional protections and criminal justice norms taken for granted in North America and Europe.

A panel of Japanese and foreign lawyers and scholars will explore the complex legal issues raised not only by the criminal charges against Ghosn but the ongoing struggle for control of Nissan between its 43% shareholder, Renault, and Nissan’s Japanese management. The Japanese members of the panel will help clarify these issues under Japanese law, while the foreign participants explain how the same issues would be handled under the law of their own jurisdictions.

The central legal issues include:

  • Japan’s pre-trial criminal detention system: Does it meet international standards?
  • The criminal charges against Carlos Ghosn: Is this selective prosecution? Would prosecutors bring these charges outside Japan?
  • The struggle for control over Nissan: What is the connections between the criminal charges against Ghosn and Nissan’s past and future corporate governance?

* The panelists will be speaking in their private capacity, not on behalf of their firms and/or institutions to which they are affiliated.


Date & Time:
Monday, March 25   19:00 - 21:00 (Doors open at 18:30)
1F Parliament student lounge, Azabu Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo

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Robert Dujarric (ICAS Director)
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Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Stephen Givens

Professor in the Law Faculty of Sophia University

Stephen Givens is a professor in the Law Faculty of Sophia University and a practicing corporate lawyer. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

David Litt

Professor at Keio Law School

David Litt is a professor at Keio Law School. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. He was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Hiroki Sasakura

Professor of Criminal Procedure at Keio Law School

Hiroki Sasakura is a professor of Criminal Procedure at Keio Law School. Professor Sasakura is a graduate of Tokyo University Law Faculty and studied at Harvard Law School.

Akiko Yamakawa

Partner, Vanguard Tokyo Law firm

Akiko Yamakawa is a partner at Vanguard Tokyo Law firm and is an experienced commercial litigator. She is a graduate of Tokyo University Law Faculty and received an LL.M degree from Harvard Law School.

Yoichiro Yamakawa

Partner, Koga & Partners

Yoichiro Yamakawa is a partner at Koga & Partners. He is an experienced litigator and expert on media law. He is a graduate of Tokyo University Law Faculty and the University of Michigan Law School.