Serving as a lawyer to Americans in Japan

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There were many Americans working in Japan. We handled their personal affairs in Japan, whatever they are. But primarily licensing agreements, for example, we represented the Lockheed Aircraft. They were selling their planes to Japan. That type of contract. We represented Ford Motor Company so we did their work. And they had a plant in Yokohama from prewar days. That was reactivated and more and more agreements were made in Japan supplying parts and so forth. American Cyanamid built a factory. We helped them. There were many many other Fortune 500 companies that came to us because we were well known. We were the largest foreign law firm in Japan. Because of our New York office, we were well connected to the larger companies serving Japan. Not only selling their products but manufacturing their products in Japan.

Date: May 29, 2006
Location: Hawai`i, US
Interviewer: Akemi Kikumura Yano
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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