Iwata Godo is one of Japan’s premier and oldest law firms. It was established in 1902 as one of the first business law firms by Chuzo Iwata, an attorney-at-law who subsequently held various positions, including serving as Minister of Justice and president of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. It is a full-service firm with about 70 attorneys and each of its practice areas is highly regarded. It is the firm of choice for clients with respect to their most challenging legal issues, including in relation to data protection. Over the past few years, Iwata Godo has hosted a number of international seminars and conferences on data protection, often in coordination with ‘best friend’ firms that are renowned firms and market leaders in their jurisdictions.