Aki Tanaka focuses her practice on international employment and labor law, particularly in Japan, her native country. 

Before joining Littler, Aki was a partner at a firm in Osaka, Japan. She represented and counseled American and European clients doing business in Japan, as well as Japanese domestic clients, with regard to various international business matters with particular emphasis on employment and labor matters. For three months in 2011, she was seconded to a multinational consumer goods company as an in-house counsel, where she provided advice to clients in the company, drafted legal memos and reviewed contracts.

During law school, she was an international intern with Littler's Boston office, where she researched international employment laws and attended hearings at federal and state courts as well as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). Aki has completed a one and a half year legal apprenticeship with the Supreme Court of Japan Legal Training and Research Institute in Saitama, Japan, and also is a graduate of Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Boston Bar Association


The Japan Society of Boston


Women in Business Committee

American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Kansai Chapter



Employment Committee

Inter Pacific Bar Association


News, Analysis & Press

Littler Global Guide - Japan - Q1 2019

Global Guide Quarterly

April 15, 2019

Littler Global Guide - Japan - Q4 2018

Global Guide Quarterly

January 16, 2019

Littler Global Guide - Japan - Q3 2018

Global Guide Quarterly

October 11, 2018

Littler Global Guide - Japan - Q2 2018

Global Guide Quarterly

July 20, 2018

Littler Global Guide - Japan - Q1 2018

Global Guide Quarterly

April 23, 2018

Littler Global Guide - Japan - Q4 2017

Global Guide Quarterly

January 19, 2018

Littler Global Guide - Japan - Q3 2017

Global Guide Quarterly

October 12, 2017

International Legal Challenge

The Global Background Screener

August 1, 2017

Littler Global Guide - Japan - Q2 2017

Global Guide Quarterly

July 11, 2017

Littler Global Guide - Japan - Q1 2017

Global Guide Quarterly

March 31, 2017

Japan: Amendment to Worker Dispatch Act


December 8, 2015

Japan's Trade Secret Law Reform Should Focus On Discovery, co-author


October 2014

Legal Structure to Protect Trade Secrets: Referring to American Practice, co-author

New Business Law

June 2014

Global Business Immigration Practice Guide, co-author


July 2012

Important New Law Governing Employment Contracts, co-author

ACCJ Journal

August 2008

Speaking Engagements

International Employment & Labor Law Roundtable

Los Angeles, CA

September 12, 2018

Looking Ahead in Asia: Managing Your Workforce Through 2018 and Beyond

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 3, 2018

Key Essentials to Business Incorporation & Hiring Practices in Japan

JETRO Webinar

June 29, 2017
Employment Law Update: Asia-Pacific

May 18, 2017
Essential Employment and Labor Law Updates for Companies with Employees in or from Japan

January 30, 2017

Cutting Edge Corporate Employment and Immigration Issues

IPBA Annual International Conference, Vancouver, Canada

May 10, 2014

Social Media and Workplace: Risks and Rewards

IPBA Annual International Conference, Seoul, Korea

April 20, 2013

Labor Risk Faced by the Japanese Companies in Indonesia and Workaround Thereof

JAC Recruitment Co., Ltd., Osaka and Nagoya, Japan

February 21-22, 2013

U.S. Labor Law: Use of SNS (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) by Employees and Leakage of Corporate Information

Osaka, Japan

December 6, 2012

Recent Revisions of Important Employment Laws

American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Osaka, Japan

October 22, 2012

The Real State of Overtime Payment and Unpaid Wage Claims in the U.S.: Things that Japanese Companies in the U.S. Should Keep in Mind to Avoid Claims Submitted by their Employees

Osaka, Japan

October 1, 2012

Labor Law to Expand into Myanmar

Osaka, Japan

June 8, 2012

Korean Law Seminar: Gist of Negotiating with Korean Companies - Comparison of Labor Law System

Osaka, Japan

April 27, 2012

Risk Management Seminar Given by a Legal Professional: Law at Work - Employment and Labor Issues

Chicago, IL

April 20, 2012

Regulations on Labor Law in the Four ASEAN Countries

Osaka and Tokyo, Japan

March 7-9, 2012

The Rising Significance of Cross-Border Employment: Issues, Difficulties & Solutions

IPBA Annual International Conference, New Delhi, India

March 1, 2012


  • LL.M., Boston University School of Law, 2016
  • LL.B., University of Kyoto, Faculty of Law, Kyoto, Japan, 2003


  • Japanese
  • English

Bar Admission

New York