Episode 20 – Steven Lim and Yoshihiro Takatori
Steven Lim speaks with Yoshi Takatori about independent practice as an arbitrator, why Japan is revamping itself as an international arbitration and mediation venue, and what the future holds. They talk about the establishment of the JIDRC, JIMC and the Japan International Institute for Arbitration Research and Training, established to promote practitioner / academic collaboration and development of the next generation of practitioners. They discuss how mediation fits in with the Japanese affinity for consensus and forthcoming developments in, and a unique aspect of, Japanese arbitration law.
Steven Lim is an arbitrator and barrister at 39 Essex Chambers. He has over 65 arbitrator appointments in international cases (presiding, sole, co-arbitrator and emergency arbitrator) and is a panel arbitrator with the SIAC, HKIAC, ICDR, KCAB, JCAA, CAAI, AIAC, THAC, HIAC and IDRC (India) and has sat in ICC, SCMA, LMAA, UNCITRAL Rules and ad hoc cases. He also appears as lead counsel in international arbitrations and is a specialist mediator with the SIMC.
Yoshihiro (Yoshi) Takatori is an arbitrator/mediator, F.C.I.Arb., and attorney admitted to Japan and New York, at Kasumigaseki International Law Office/International Arbitration Chambers. He is the executive director of JAA, and the co-convener of C.I.Arb. Japan Chapter. He is awarded as Top 10 most innovative lawyers in Asia-Pacific by Financial Times, as the only one Japanese practitioner, and ranked as Band 1 by Chambers. Listed arbitrator at JCAA, SIAC, KCAB, and mediator at JIMC and SIMC.