Kazuhiro Watanabe

  • Lawyer (Toyko office)

During his 35 years of employment with various prosecutors’ offices throughout Japan, Kazuhiro Watanabe spent approximately half his time as a prosecutor and the half in planning and drafting legislation within the Ministry of Justice. Kazuhiro joined Higashimachi’s Tokyo office in 2010 after leaving his final posting as the chief prosecutor in the Sapporo High Court. He also taught as a law school professor until 2017 and has been appointed as an external director and auditor of listed companies. In addition, he continues to serve on review committees for administrative agencies.

Professional History

1946 Born in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
1971 Graduated from Kyoto University Faculty of Law; passed Bar exam
1974 Completed legal training; appointed public prosecutor
Became prosecutor, Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office
1975 Prosecutor, Morioka District Public Prosecutors Office
1978 Prosecutor, Urawa District Public Prosecutors Office, Kumagaya branch
1980 Prosecutor, Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office
1981 Prosecutor, Cabinet Secretariat with the Ministry of Justice, secretarial section
1982 Acting Private Secretary to the Minister of Justice
1983 Prosecutor, Criminal Affairs Bureau
1986 Prosecutor, Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office
1988 Prosecutor Instructor, Judicial Research and Training Institute
1991 Prosecutor, Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office
1992 Councillor, Criminal Affairs Bureau
1993 Councillor, Minister’s Secretariat
1994 Director, Human Rights Bureau
1995 Director, Criminal Affairs Bureau Legislative Division
1996~1998 Lecturer (Special Criminal Law), Keio University faculty of law
1998 Deputy Director General, Minister of Justice Secretariat
2000~2002 Adjunct instructor, Doshisha University Graduate School of Policy Studies
2001 Prosecutor, Public Prosecutor’s Office
2002 Chief public prosecutor, Nara District Public Prosecutors Office
2004 Chief public prosecutor, Maebashi District Public Prosecutors Office
2005 Chief public prosecutor, Nagoya District Public Prosecutors Office
2007 Chief public prosecutor, Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office
2008 Superintending Prosecutor, Sapporo District Public Prosecutors Office
2009 Retired; Registered as a lawyer (Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association)
2009〜2017 Professor, Tokai University Professional Graduate School of Law Practices (Law School)
2010 Joined Higashimachi LPC
2010〜2017 Public Prosecutors and Notaries Public Appointment Examination Committee member
Auditor (part-time), Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc.
2010〜2014 External Director, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
2011 Member of contract supervision committee, The Japan Foundation
2013〜2018 Member of defence procurement review committee, Ministry of Defense
2014〜2015 External auditor, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings
2015〜2019 External director, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings


New Developments in Criminal Procedure, Vol. I, (co-author) Seibundoh, 2017
New Developments in Criminal Procedure, Vol. II (co-author) Seibundoh, 2017
Joukai Keihou (third edition) (co-author), Koubundou 2014
Commercial Criminal Law, Vol. VII (third edition) (co-author), Seirin Shoin, 2014
New Criminal Law Procedure II (co-author), Yuyusha 2002
New Criminal Law Procedure III (co-author), Yuyusha 2002