Orrick Library Seminar Series: Cross-border Compliance Challenges – Whistleblowing, Sexual Harassment Claims in the #Metoo Era and Gender Pay Equity

Seminar | June.14.2018 | 9:00am - 10:30am (Tokyo Standard Time)

Orrick Tokyo Office オリック東京オフィス

日本語: 国境を越えたコンプライアンス:内部通報、#Metoo運動におけるセクシュアル・ハラスメント、及び男女同一賃金などの対応策

Orrick’s Global Japan Practice is hosting a series of “Orrick Library” seminars to explore legal issues in various fields in Japan as well as the United States, Asia and Europe. The next seminar will be held on Thursday, June 14 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.

This presentation will discuss three areas of compliance for multinational companies that began in the US but have now become true cross-border challenges and explore the trends related to the #Metoo movement and workforce reform in Japan.
Our 90-minute long seminar will be presented by Mike Delikat, Chair of Orrick’s Global Employment Law Group who will be joining us in Tokyo for this event, and Yumiko Ohta, partner in the Employment Law group.

This session will discuss:

  • Whistleblowing: increased protection for whistleblowers and cash incentives for those who expose corporate wrongdoing have encouraged many to come forward to regulators and in the courts with many of those individuals being employees or third parties living outside the USA.
  • Sexual Harassment: what started as a social media phenomenon in October 2017 with the posting of the first #Metoo Tweet has now become a global phenomenon as allegations of sexual harassment or other misconduct can irreparably damage the reputations of those accused and the companies they work for.
  • Gender Pay Equity: pressure on companies to reduce the pay gap between men and women has come from shareholders, private class action litigation, regulatory enforcement, new pay transparency laws and media attention. How are multinationals responding?
  • Recent Trends in Japan: issues related to the #Metoo movement faced by multinationals in Japan and updates on the equal pay legislation and legislative bill under the workforce reform in Japan (hatarakikata-kaikaku)

There will be time set asides for questions and answers.

Date: June 14 (Thursday) 9:00 am – 10:30 am (Registration from 8:45 am)
Place: Orrick Tokyo Law Office (Map)
Speakers: Mike Delikat, Partner, New York Office and Yumiko Ohta, Partner, Tokyo Office
Language: English and Japanese
Fee: No charge
Registration deadline: June 12 (Tuesday)

* Tokyo Litigation Partners Yoshihiro Takatori and Shinsuke Yakura, together with Yumiko Ohta, will join and offer additional perspectives in Japanese.

* * Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an accredited MCLE provider in the States of New York and California.  This continuing legal education course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours, of which 1.5 credit hours can be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement.

CLE Credits Available: Y



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Shinsuke Yakura Partner


His practice focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, medical and pharmaceutical, and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies. He actively engages in cross-border litigation and arbitration, and draws on his extensive knowledge and experience from various countries.

In regards to intellectual property, Shinsuke has represented numerous companies in patent infringement litigation involving a wide range of technologies related to electric devices and industrial machinery. He has also handled other IP-related issues such as trademark, copyright and right to publicity. He is a qualified patent attorney (Benrishi) in Japan.

Recently, he has been involved in business and legal issues related to artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and big data; he also acts as the Asia representative of Orrick’s Global AI Working Group.

Consistently providing strategic advice from a global perspective, he is also actively involved in bribery regulations including FCPA and UKBA, antitrust and competition law, cartel, fraud and compliance investigations.

He also advises in mergers and acquisitions, licensing and other transactional matters.