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 TERADA Itsuro

Chief Justice
TERADA, Itsuro
Date of Birth: January 9, 1948



Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law in 1972


Appointed as a legal apprentice in 1972

Professional Career:

Assistant Judge, Tokyo District Court
Assistant Judge, Sapporo District/Family Court
Assistant Judge, Osaka District Court
Attorney, Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice
First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands
Senior Counsellor to the Director-General, Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice
Director, Fourth Division, Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice
Director, Third Division, Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice
Director, First Division, Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice
Director, Secretarial Division, Minister's Secretariat, Ministry of Justice
Director-General, Judicial System Department, Minister's Secretariat, Ministry of Justice
Director-General, Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice
Presiding Judge, Tokyo High Court
Chief Judge, Saitama District Court
President, Hiroshima High Court
December 27, 2010 Justice of the Supreme Court
April 1, 2014 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

A Few Words from Chief Justice Terada

Throughout its long history, Japan has devised ways to ensure that the various disputes among people are settled fairly and that those persons who violate the rules of society are dealt with properly. Indeed, following the feats 150 years ago of Atsuhime (Princess Atsu, the wife of the 13th shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate, who helped negotiate for the peaceful surrender of the capital) and Ryoma Sakamoto (a visionary, who played a crucial role in negotiations that led to the transition from the Tokugawa Shogunate to the Meiji Government thus bringing about the Meiji Restoration), Japan began to steer its course towards the direction of becoming a modern nation and, ever since, tireless and strenuous efforts have been made by our elders in order to build a modern judicial system alongside politics and administration of government. However, in a society where the overall pace has become that much faster owing to remarkable developments in information and communications technology and where the walls, which previously existed between countries, have become lower, I am of the belief that the judiciary is also required to attain a greater standard. Twenty years have passed since we witnessed the collapse of the Berlin Wall, which regulated the post-war period, and I firmly believe that the time has come for the society, which was built during such time, to be tested even more stringently.
Recent measures of justice system reform include the saiban-in system (a system whereby members of the general public are able to participate in criminal trials as lay judges) introduced in May 2009, which brought about the most significant change in criminal justice of the post-war period, a system to reduce the time required for court proceedings, and a system to expand the mechanism of legal aid for people facing economic difficulty and, in addition, initiatives such as the implementation of new civil court proceedings are coming into effect one after the other. The judiciary is now involved in a decade-long project aiming to meet the needs of a new era and to become more accessible and reliable for the people. As one of the judges overseeing the courts in such an era, I vow to devote myself to facing each and every individual case, and to strive to ensure that the role of the court does not stray from the expectations of justice.