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Makiko Harada

Director of Japanese Business Development

Ms. Harada is an attorney admitted to practice in the United States (Michigan) and Japan. She worked as an associate for almost five years at Nagashima Ohno and Tsunematsu, one of Japan’s leading law firms, and has various experience in international transactions relating to auto industries, and regulatory matters in Europe and America.

She obtained LL.M. degree in 2019 from the University of Chicago Law School and gained broad knowledge focusing on corporate law and international transactions. After that, she supported attorneys at a law firm in Kentucky regarding various legal issues mainly for Japanese manufacturing plants.


Education & Credentials


University of Chicago Law School

LL.M., 2019

University of Tokyo

Bachelor of Laws, 2010

University of Tokyo Law School

J.D., 2012

Bar Admission

  • Japan
    • Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association
  • Michigan

Professional Experience

Dickinson Wright PLLC (Troy, MI), Director of Japanese Business Development, December 2020 – present

  • Assist immigration attorneys with the legal analyses and preparation and filing of all types of U.S. visa petitions and applications (temporary, i.e., nonimmigrant E, L, H and TN visas and permanent, i.e., green cards) relating to the international movement of business personnel and families.
  • Assist corporate attorneys with establishing and maintaining business entities in the U.S., e.g., business planning, articles and bylaws, operating agreements, merger and acquisitions, and associated legal matters.
  • Assist employment attorneys with development of personnel policies for Japanese businesses and with various personnel actions, e.g., hiring, termination, and layoff of personnel, and wrongful termination legal proceedings.
  • Assist environmental attorneys with analysis of environmental license and clearance, and conduct environmental site assessment on a real property.
  • Assist real estate attorneys with review and negotiation on the various agreements relating to real properties, e.g., purchase agreements and lease agreements.

Dickinson Wright PLLC (Troy, MI), Deputy Director of Japanese Business Development, January 2020 -December 2020

  •  Assisted communications between clients and qualified attorneys with respect to various legal matters that Japanese companies face in their business operations in the U.S.

Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP (Louisville, KY), International Legal Researcher, September 2019 - January 2020

  • Supported attorneys including research on various legal matters including the following matters that Japanese companies face in their business operations in the U.S.
  • Drafting and reviewing various kinds of contracts including Terms and Conditions
  • Various employment related matters including hiring and laying off
  • Advising on individual and corporate tax related matters
  • Supporting U.S. visa applications
  • Reviewing and negotiating real estate related contracts including business lease agreement

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (Tokyo, Japan), Associate, 2013 - 2018

  • Drafted, reviewed and negotiated various contracts with respect to international transactions, including IP and licensing agreements
  • Advised on compliance matters for Japanese companies and their overseas business offices
  • Represented companies for domestic and international litigation and arbitrations
  • Provided regulatory advice on fund related transactions
  • Advised REITs for their acquisitions and sales of real estate


  • Co-Presenter, “Michigan Enterprises- COVID Laws and Guidelines,” Japan Business Society of Detroit, May 2021
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