Junko Suetomi

Junko Suetomi

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Junko Suetomi is a partner in Baker McKenzie Tokyo. Prior to joining the Firm, she worked in the WTO Dispute Settlement Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Economic Bureau. She has also worked for a global law firm in Washington, DC and New York, and served as a court-appointed defense attorney in many criminal cases.

Junko is recognized as a leading lawyer by Marquis Who's Who, Asia Business Law Journal, Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific, Nikkei News Paper, Best Lawyers, Who's Who Legal and other legal directories. She was the Chair from 2019 to 2021 and now is Vice Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Tokyo Bar Association and a part-time lecturer at Waseda University.

She was a legal advisor to the Ministry of Finance Japan's Office of Trade Remedy Affairs, Tariff Policy and Legal Division, Customs and Tariff Bureau from 2016 to 2019. She served as a Bar Examiner of the Ministry of Justice from November 2020 until December 2023. She has served as an expert member of the Ministry's Council on Customs, Tariff, Foreign Exchange and Other Transactions since 13 March 2019. She has served as an expert member of the Financial Services Agency's Financial System Council, Fund Settlement System Working Group since October 11, 2021. She also holds a Certificate in Business Analytics from the Harvard Business Analytics Program (March 2021).

Practice Focus

Junko focuses her practice on commercial and trade laws and regulations, WTO dispute settlement, civil and criminal litigation, antitrust law, bankruptcy law and general corporate law. She has extensive experience advising clients on issues involving trade remedy matters such as anti-dumping and countervailing duties, and import restrictions. She also advises on customs matters, classification and valuation issues, export control and sanctions, tariff treatment, FTA/EPA applications, public procurement, and handles antitrust compliance programs for clients.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised financial institutions related with sanctions against Russia Federation (2022)
  • Advised IT companies or manufacturing companies related with sanctions against Russian Federation (2022)
  • Provided updates on Russia-Ukraine related sanctions measures (2022)
  • Provided analysis and advice to a governmental organization on legal issues on offshore wind power generation (2022)
  • Assisted a medical equipment manufacturer with negotiation with local government regarding public procurement process violation under WTO Public Procurement Agreement and related regulations (2022)
  • Representing a Japanese company in the voluntary disclosure process under the export control regulations of the United States (2022)
  • Advised a major bank with respect to sanctions imposed on Iran.
  • Advised machinery manufacturers and a financial firm with respect to sanctions imposed on Iran.
  • Advised on the effect of the sanctions imposed on Russia on energy-related projects.
  • Assisted companies in responding to anti-dumping investigations.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tokyo Bar Association - Member
  • New York State Bar Association - Member
  • Japan Association of International Economic Law - Member


  • New York~United States (2006)
  • Japan (2000)


  • Cornell Law School (LLM)
  • New York University School of Law (LLM)
  • Legal Research & Training Institute of Supreme Court of Japan
  • The University of Tokyo (LLB)
  • Kyushu University, Japan (LLB)


  • English
  • Japanese

Publications and articles

  • Commentator, "Japan, US, Netherlands chip restriction details still under wraps," WorldECR (The journal of export controls and sanctions), March 2023
  • Commentator, "Keymasters," ASIA BUSINESS LAW JOURNAL, November 11 and 29, 2022
  • Author, "Sanctions against Myanmar and Business Activities," Nikkei Research Global Marketing Campus, Nikkei Research Inc., 11 June, 2021
  • Co-Author, Global Trends on Commercial Dispute Resolutions in the New Era (2) "Trend Under the Biden Administration of the Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Export," JCA Journal, June 2021, Vol. 68 No. 6, 10 June 2021
  • Author, "The Function of Dispute Settlement Systems under Bilateral or Regional Agreements to Complement the WTO's Dispute Settlement System and the Reform of the Dispute Settlement System—Focusing on Disputes Related to Environmental Matters, Including Renewable Energy," 'Public Policy Review Vol. 16, No. 5 "Diverse Perspectives on the Conventional Regimes for Free Trade in the Current International Community," Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance Japan, August 2020
  • Author, "Tactics of the United States and China over Hong Kong - US The Hong Kong Autonomy Act and National Security Law of the People's Republic of China," Nikkei Research Global Marketing Campus, Nikkei Research Inc., 25 January, 2021