Profile (English)


Specially Appointed Professor, Graduate School of Information and Communication
Senior researcher, BERC (Business Ethics Research Center)

Mr. KITAJIMA is the specialist in subject of anti corruption, especially bribery of foreign public officials and frequent speaker on topic. Author of Commentary of FCPA, UKBA, Unfair Competition Prevention Act (UCPA) and several articles on international anti-bribery legislation. Offering professional advice for major Japanese companies doing business in Asia and globally.

Since 2011, Mr. KITAJIMA has presided over the Japanese Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (JBIT) Research Project. In this capacity, he has given keynote speeches at the specialist symposiums organized by prestigious institutions, such as the Business Ethics Research Center (BERC).

BERC was established in 1997 as the first research organization in Japan specialized in business ethics and compliance. BERC is a membership non-profit institution in the private sector consisting of over 160 companies. Their members are mainly large enterprises listed in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, covering manufacturing, finance, insurance, electricity, energy, transportation, pharmacy, health care, food, etc.

Mr. KITAJIMA has delivered internal lectures to CEOs and executives and person in charge of legal, risk management, and compliance of top companies.

Mr. KITAJIMA has over 8-years’ experience as a Policy Staff serving members of both the House of Representatives and the House of Councilors, including the Chief Cabinet Secretary, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Chairman of the ruling party’s Diet Affairs Committee, and the Director-General of Treasury Bureau of LDP. Mr. KITAJIMA knows Japanese Politics inside out. Mr. KITAJIMA is the expert at “Politics and Money Issue” with practical internal experience.

Mr. KITAJIMA has a broad array of interests, from boating and diving to photography and film, but his first true love is reading the classics, a passion strengthened by his participation in the Aspen Institute, Japan, where he was able to deliberate extensively on the lasting ideas and values expressed in both Western and Eastern classical texts.

Mr. KITAJIMA graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, and received his J.D. from Kyushu University Law School.

Books and articles

Zero tolerance enforcement of anti-corruption in Saudi Arabia(Weekly Economist, 12th December 2017)
Two rules binding political reorganization in JAPAN (Gendai Business, October 2017)
Kidnapping in Berlin; Anti-corruption in Vietnam(Weekly Economist, 17th October 2017)
Russia probe and Trump; Politics vs. Justice(Journal of law and economics, Asahi News Paper, May to June 2017)
Business Bribery after President Trump(Takarajima, January 2017)
Email by Hillary Clinton and Darkness of Casino(Takarajima, January 2017)
Operation Augean: backstage investigation for Anti-doping at Rio Olympics (Gendai Business, August 2016)
Who are they crying in front of his Imperial Majesty? Neglected Japanese with no nationality in Philippines (Gendai Business, January 2016)
FIFA, criminal enterprise on RICO and DOJ’s enforcement (Gendai Business, October 2015)
Crisis Management and Bribery of Foreign Public Officials (Business Ethics No.76, 2014)
The Offences of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in Brazil, Russia and India (Business Homu, March 2013).

The Structure of Bribery Crimes in China and Risk Management for Japanese Companies (Business Homu, October 2012)
This essay offers commentary on the bribery offenses annotated in Chinese Criminal Law and on commercial bribery in the Unfair Competition Law of the People’s Republic of China, focusing on analyzing the structure and components of each crime. It also provides Japanese companies with advice and recommendations on risk management.

China’s Establishment of the Offence of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials  (Business Homu, September 2012).
On February 25, 2011, the People’s Republic of China promulgated the Eighth Amendment to the Criminal Code (effective May 1, 2011), officially making bribery of foreign public officials a legal offence. The paper focuses on explaining the background and content of Article 164 of the People’s Republic of China’s Criminal Code, which concerns the offence of bribery of foreign public officials in the second paragraph, and discusses Article 164’s significance in terms of both PRC internal politics as well as the national interests of Japan.


• Commentary on the Bribery of Foreign Public Officials: From Legislative Process to Practical Framework (CHUOKEIZAI-SHA, Inc., 2012; ISBN 978-4-502-04580-6, 408 pages, 3,990JPY).

This is the first work to present a comprehensive picture of the bribery of foreign public officials in Japan. It covers the complete history of the bribery of foreign public officials in Japan, beginning in 1977 with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.S. Senator William Proxmire, and going on to detail the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Anti-Bribery Convention (Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions) of 1997, the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in 2003, and the United Kingdom Bribery Act of 2010. The 1998 revision of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, Japan’s legislation against the bribery of public officials, is discussed as part of the evolution of public policy designed to fight against corruption in international business transactions. Mr. KITAJIMA also vividly describes the Japanese government’s lissome ability to comply with international requirements, such as the peer review mechanism managed by the OECD Working Group on Bribery. Basing his analysis on in-depth review of the OECD Convention and the accumulated interpretations of Japanese Criminal Law since 1880, Mr. KITAJIMA offers precise commentary on Article 18 of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, which defines the bribery of foreign public officials, as well as on Articles 21 and 22, which stipulate criminal punishment for the bribery of foreign public officials. All manner cases of bribery of foreign public officials in Japan, including the Kyudenko case in 2007 and the PCI case in 2008, are laid out on the table and painstakingly analyzed. Extracting his analysis from primary source materials, such as interviews with personnel of the authorities concerned, Mr. KITAJIMA lucidly demonstrates how the principles of risk management set the framework against the bribery of foreign public officials. Since its release, the book has received high praise due to the unparalleled originality of its conception, as well as its productive and pragmatic content catering to the reader’s needs regarding international business transactions. On it achieved the rank of Number 1 Best-Seller out of all Law Books in Japan as of September 21, 2011. It also comes highly recommend by the major Japanese newspaper, Sankei Shinbun, and is featured on the official website of Mori Industries’ growing intellectual forum, Roppongi Academy Hills.





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