Our partner Jiro Murase passed away on Aug. 5, 2014 (more).
Jiro Murase concentrated on international business, finance, banking and litigation, with a focus on Japan and other Asian countries. He represented U.S. and European multinational corporations and financial institutions doing business in Japan, and Japanese companies doing business in the U.S. In 1971, he was a founding partner of Marks & Murase, which grew to become one of the United States’ leading Japanese law practices, prior to its joining Bingham Dana & Gould in October 1997.
In 1989, the Emperor of Japan conferred upon Jiro the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star, one of Japan’s highest honors, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to increased understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan.
Jiro had been legal counsel to the Consulate General of Japan in New York, director and lifetime director of the Japan Society, director of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, president of the Japan Center for International Exchange, member of the Trilateral Commission, director of the Japanese American Association of New York (president 1996–1998), member of Georgetown University’s Board of Regents and the Board of Visitors of Law Center, and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Law and Policy in International Business, as well serving on the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations and on the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Investment, Technology and Development. He was appointed to the Governor’s World Trade Council (New York) in 1984.