Yoshi Ito’s practice includes wide-ranging international trade policy and regulation, and transnational business matters, especially involving US-Japan bilateral issues as well as those involving government agencies. In the international trade areas, his practice includes export/import matters, economic sanctions and embargoes, international competition regulations, and other related fields. He counsels on foreign corporations doing business in the United States and Japan, including general corporate law, litigation and dispute settlement strategy, employment and immigration matters, lobbying regulation and other issues affecting foreign companies’ business operations in the United States.
Yoshi previously served in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was deputy director of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Division and Cultural Affairs Division and assistant director of the First North America Division and Asian Policy Division. During Yoshi’s service, he also handled political and economic matters between Japan and the United States, and he was a member of the Japanese delegation of the final phase of the market access negotiations of the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Earlier in his career at the Foreign Ministry, he served as aide to the Japanese Ambassador to the United States in Washington, DC. He also served as an official interpreter for the prime minister and the foreign minister and has participated in numerous official meetings at the highest levels of government.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Yoshi was a partner in the financial services practice of another international law firm.
Georgetown University Law Center, 1991, Master of Laws
Harvard University, 1982, Master of Public Policy
Hitotsubashi University Tokyo Japan, 1979, Bachelor of Laws