, December 2010 — Hiroshi Kobayashi, president of Nippon Ham, a major Japanese corporate group with more than $10 billion in revenues and owners of one of Japan’s professional baseball teams, detailed his company’s long working relationship over the years with partner Mitsue Aizawa
in a recent interview in the Lawyers
. When Hoko Seafood Products (now known as Hoko Co., Ltd.) filed for bankruptcy with the Tokyo District Court in April 2002, Nippon Ham proposed an acquisition. Aizawa, the court-appointed trustee, selected Nippon Ham as its sponsor and worked with Kobayashi almost daily in helping the group. Now, years later, Kobayashi credits Aizawa for saving Hoko and states in the article that Aizawa and lawyers like her will be crucial for Nippon Ham’s future investments in the Chinese markets.