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​Current responsibilities
Hitoshi Aratani, a 25-year industry expert specializing in developing relationships with Japanese firms, is a Senior Vice President and Head of Japan Desk at the JLL New York Office.

Specialities
Tenant representation, consulting

Years of experience
25

Experience
Hitoshi was formerly a Director at Cushman & Wakefield in New York. Prior to that, he worked for a Japanese bank as a senior executive both in the U.S. and Japan.

Having lived and worked in the U.S. for the past 18 years after growing up and beginning his career in Japan, Hitoshi fundamentally understands the needs and organizational process of many Japanese firms and brings a unique cultural dynamic to JLL.

Key clients

  • Kobe Steel
  • Mitsubishi Chemical
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Securities
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking
  • Mizuho Corporate Bank
  • Nikon
  • Nippon Express
  • Nippon Life
  • Sony
  • Sumitomo Trust and Banking
  • Takashimaya
  • Toyota North America

Awards

  • Cushman & Wakefield’s Bronze Achievement Awards for New York Metropolitan area (2000, 2002)
  • Jones Lang LaSalle Top Achievers (2010)

Education
Hitoshi holds degrees from George Washington University National Law Center (Master of Law) and Osaka University (Bachelor of Law). He also holds New York University Certificate in Real Estate and Investment/Commercial Real Estate.

Affiliations
Hitoshi is a registered attorney in the State of New York and a member of the New York State Bar Association. He also is a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member).