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Yuki Ashina

Hinodecho Law Office
5-3  Hinodecho, Aoiku, Shizuoka 420-0837 Japan
tel:+08-54-269-4590 / fax:+08-54-269-4591

 




PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES


  • Partner, Hinodecho Law Office, Shizuoka (February 2015-Present)
    – Represent clients, both individuals and companies, in a wide variety of cases. Examples include, for individual clients, compensation claims for evacuees from Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, traffic accidents, family law cases. For corporate clients, legal consultation for corporate management and review of contracts. 
  • Partner, Shizuoka Sogo Law Office (February 2008-January 2015)
    – Represented clients, both individuals and companies, in a wide variety of cases.
  • First Director, Sohma Himawari Kikin Law Office (April 2005-September 2007)
    –Represented clients, both individuals and companies, in a wide variety of cases, as the first director of a public-interest law office funded by JFBA. The office was newly established to support people in the region facing a shortage of practicing lawyers to enhance their access to justice.
  • Associate, Tokyo Public Law Office (October  2003-March 2005)
    –Represented clients, both individuals and companies, in a wide variety of cases, as an associate of the public-interest law office funded by Tokyo Bar Association.


OTHER ACTIVITIES
  • Kanto Bar Association Great East Japan Earthquake Countermeasure Headquarters Deputy Secretary- General (April 2011-Present)
  • Member of Disaster Reconstruction Assistance Committee of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (June 2017-Present)

EDUCATION
  • Master of Laws (March 2002)
    – Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (September 2003)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (June 2020)
    –Visiting Scholar sent by Japan Federation of Bar Associations


PUBLICATIONS
  • “Juvenile delinquent’s dream to become a teacher protected by enthusiastic representation” in Kikan keijibengo No. 41, (2005), pp. 92-96, Gendaijinbun-sha Periodicals (Japanese)
  • “Report from Soma Himawari Kikin Law Office” in Jiyu to Seigi, 58 vol. 2 (2007) pp. 103-108, Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Periodicals (Japanese)


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • Admitted to JFBA and Tokyo Bar Association (October 2003). Transferred to Fukushima Bar Association(April 2005) and Shizuoka Bar Association (February 2008 )

    Ms.Ashina started her career as a lawyer in 2003. After a training period of one and a half years at a law office in Tokyo, she worked for two and a half years as the first director in a public interest law office located on the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, which was founded by the Japan Federation of  Bar Associations (JFBA) so as to provide legal services to residents who live in the area with few attorneys. She offered various kinds of legal services to considerable number of residents in this period.

    After that, she has consistently worked on improving access to justice until now. For example, she trained some young lawyers at her law office to send them to rural areas with a shortage of lawyers, or gave lectures at a law school on the role of lawyers, to improve access to justice of the citizens in such areas. Most lawyers she trained are now working in rural areas which have few attorneys. 

    Since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident in 2011, she has devoted herself to supporting the victims of the accident. The details of her activities are as follows. First of all, she has assisted her clients in obtaining compensation of the damages in the accident. In addition, she has been responsible for the project to send lawyers from urban areas such as Tokyo to provide legal advice to residents in the affected area. It was because the damaged area had only a small number of lawyers and it was impossible for the local lawyers to respond to a large number of legal consultations. Moreover, she has arranged free legal counseling events throughout the country for those who evacuated from the Fukushima nuclear accident. She is also one of the core members of the JFBA Disaster Reconstruction Assistance Committee.

    She was studying at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Visiting Scholar sent from JFBA from June in 2019 to June in 2020. Her research theme was a comparative study between the United States and Japan on the compensation system of mass torts.


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