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Legal, Corporate Governance Professional or Lawyer, GG12

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Date Posted: Nov 17, 2022

Location(s): Tokyo, JP

Company: MetLife

This position reports to the Head of the Corporate Secretary team of the Legal Department.  This position is to support the Corporate Secretary’s following responsibilities:

◆ MetLife Japan’s Corporate Governance: 
Provide legal advice and services to ensure the integrity of the corporate governance framework of MetLife Japan and to continuously enhance the effectiveness of the governance function at MetLife Japan.

◆ Corporate Secretariat services:  

  • Providing corporate secretariat services for the Board of Directors (“Board”), Audit Committees (“AC”) and Risk & Control Committee (“R&CC”); liaising with the Board and MetLife Japan’s senior management on corporate governance matters; and
  • Setting the agenda for all meetings of the Board, AC and R&CC, and conducting appropriate pre- and post-meeting briefings with management and senior staff; attending the Board and other relevant meetings and preparing / maintaining the minutes of those meetings.

◆ Trainings for Directors and Statutory Executive Officers (“SEOs”)

  • Providing onboarding and continuous trainings on duties and responsibilities of Directors and SEOs; holding Board information sessions as necessary to ensure Directors’ fulfilling their fiduciary duties

◆ Compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements relating to the corporate governance: Providing legal support on corporate governance issues (e.g., commercial registration, management of corporate seals), monitoring various relevant rules, regulations and guidelines, focusing particularly on the requirements of the FSA. 



  • 7+ years of experience as legal/corporate governance professional/regulatory relations, experience with the Board or executive meetings management, or similar experience in a major Japanese company or financial company in Japan desired; or 5+ years of experience as lawyer;  
  • Mature and highly professional individual with sound business judgment.  
  • Unquestioned ethics and integrity and ability to treat sensitive information in a confidential manner
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and manage to tight deadlines
  • Excellent planning and attention to detail, organizing and delegation of complex planning
  • In keeping minutes of Board and Committee meetings, an understanding of what matters are important to record, and sensitivity to issues that require special attention and particularly careful treatment.
  • Able to analyze governance initiatives and influence critical internal and external stakeholders through reasoned analysis and business understanding; nuanced ability to work well with and influence members of a senior management team and the Board through pro-active and positive participation in critical business discussions. 



  • Skills to deliver excellent legal and corporate secretariat advice/services
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Japanese and preferably the same level written communication skill-set set in English
  • Skills to communicate clearly and persuasively with Board members, senior management, and business partners and fellow Legal members
  • Ability to work collaboratively with various stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills 
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint



  • Law Degree preferred; Japanese Bar license would be highly appreciated, but not required


  • Japanese: Native, English: Business level fluency


  • Self-sufficient, but who can work well as a team