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Advisor – Japanese Relations
Washington, DC
TK Namba
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Takashi (TK) Namba assists Keller and Heckman attorneys in guiding the Firm’s clients through the myriad of international legal and regulatory compliance issues with a particular emphasis on Japanese industry and client relations. He seamlessly interfaces with government contacts, trade associations, and clients in Japanese and English, to address complex regulatory compliance concepts. Originally from Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, TK has spent his career in Japan, the European Union (EU), Latin America, and the United States (U.S.) and understands the cultural nuances of conducting business in various jurisdictions worldwide. 

With over 30 years of strategic corporate planning experience, including 18 years in the polymer and additives industry, TK provides Keller and Heckman’s clients with a better understanding of the challenges they may face and how to respond. He has extensive knowledge of the regulatory schemes implemented by agencies in the U.S. and counterpart international authorities including, but not limited to Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the European Chemical Agency (ECHA), as well as MERCOSUR.

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, TK was the General Manager of Business Planning at one of Japan’s top fiber and textile-making companies. 


Kobe University, B.S., 1986 Industrial Chemistry
Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S., 1992 Polymer Science