Institute of Social Science The University of Tokyo

the University of Tokyo



Research Staff

Wataru Tanaka

Division Department of Comparative Contemporary Law
Research fields Commercial Law

Teaching and Research Appointments

Semptember 2007 - Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo

Topics of research

1Duty and liability of corporate directors
2Mergers and associations, especially hostile takeovers and going-private transactions
3Economic analysis of law

Publications (2012- )


  • “Numerical Analysis of Corporate Law” (in Japanese)(edition, Yuhikaku, 2013).
  • “Corporate Takeovers and Defenses” (in Japanese)(Shoji-homu, 2012).

Selected publications ( -2011)

  • “Extinguishing Security Interests: Secured Claims in Japanese Business Reorganization Law and Some Policy Implications for U.S. Law”, Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, 22(2), pp.427-479, 2006.
  • “Corporate Law” (in Japanese)(co-authored with Yasushi Ito, Kenichi Osugi and Hideyuki Matsui, 2nd ed., Yuhikaku, 2011).
  • “Going-private and the Role of Courts: A Comparison of Delaware and Japan,” UT Soft Law Review, No.3, pp.12-23, Mar 2011.