And Japanese firms have already realized that there can be an advantage when one of their lawyers makes a lateral move to a corporation. As Taro Tsunoda, a Tokyo-based partner at Anderson Mori, notes, "If you can place your associates [at a company], they could bring work from potential future clients."
Correction, 3/4/13: A previous version of this story mistakenly described Gree Inc. as an American company. It was founded in Tokyo in 2007. We regret the error.