We are delighted to announce our Japan IFLR1000 Women Leaders for 2022. The fifth edition is the most comprehensive yet, featuring around 1000 lawyers globally, a 33% increase from the number of lawyers recognized last year. It is a privilege to be able recognise the work of all the outstanding women. 

IFLR1000 Women Leaders is an elite ranking category reserved for the most prominent women lawyers across the world working in the areas of law IFLR1000 researchesThis is an exclusive group of lawyers with outstanding reputations within their markets who either have expertise and experience of working on complex deals, or who have risen to hold leadership roles with their firms or their practices. For some individuals both these things are true. 


Research methodology  

IFLR1000's research teams in Hong Kong, London, New York and Sofia collectively analyse thousands of research submissions, conduct thousands of interviews with law firm partners, and survey tens of thousands of clients to determine IFLR1000's Women Leaders. 

Each year Women Leaders uses the previous submission cycle's data for the research. Women Leaders 2022 will be based primarily on submissions made in 2021. We consider all female lawyers working in our areas of research as Women Leaders but firms that participate in our research (see guidelinescan nominate individuals and individual lawyers can nominate themselves by taking our Lawyer Survey. 


Featured Women Leaders

Miho Niunoya
Atsumi & Sakai

Miho Niunoya is co-head of the projects and energy team at Atsumi & Sakai where she specialises in banking, M&A and projects work for a wide variety of sectors. In her practice, she regularly leads high value deals including some worth hundreds of millions of US dollars. 


Women Leaders 2022 Profiles 

The below list contains links to Women Leaders organized by firm. 

If you have questions about the research process, please contact Chynna Lewis: chynna.lewis@iflr1000.com 

If you would like to discuss how we can help you promote you or your firm's achievements, please contact Emily Kyriacou: emily.kyriacou@euromoneyplc.com 


Atsumi & Sakai

Miho Niunoya


Clifford Chance

Reiko Sakimura

Natsuko Sugihara


Gaien Partners

Satoko Kuwabara


Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Eiko Hakoda


Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Miyuki Ishiguro

Yuko Tamai


Nishimura & Asahi

Asa Shinkawa