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YAMAMOTO Tsuneyuki

Justice
YAMAMOTO, Tsuneyuki
Date of Birth: September 26, 1949

Career

Education:

  
Graduated from Kyoto University, Faculty of Law in 1973

Professional Career:

1972
Passed Higher Civil Service Examination
1973
Entered the Ministry of International Trade and Industry
1985
Director, Industrial Property Legislation Office, General Administration Division, General Administration Department, Patent Office
1988
Director, Commercial and Consumer Credit Office, Commerce Policy Division, Industrial Policy Bureau, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry
1989
Counsellor, the Fourth Department, the Cabinet Legislation Bureau
1994
Director, Textile Products Division, Consumer Goods and Service Industries Bureau, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry
1996
Director-General, Planning Department, JETRO Headquarters
1998
Director-General, Central Government Reform Legislation Office, the First Department, the Cabinet Legislation Bureau
1999
Director-General, the Fourth Department, the Cabinet Legislation Bureau
2002
Director-General, the Second Department, the Cabinet Legislation Bureau
2004
Director-General, the Third Department, the Cabinet Legislation Bureau
2006
Director-General, the First Department, the Cabinet Legislation Bureau,
  
Holding the additional post of Visiting Professor of Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo
2008
Holding the additional post of Visiting Professor of Waseda Law School
2010
Deputy Director-General, the Cabinet Legislation Bureau
2011
Director-General, the Cabinet Legislation Bureau
2013
August 20, 2013 Justice of the Supreme Court

Motto, hobbies

Things to Keep in Mind as a Justice
Being assigned to the post of Justice of the Supreme Court is really more of an honor than I deserve. I will do my best to fulfill my duties, making the most of the knowledge and experience in law that I have acquired through my career as a bureaucrat for more than 40 years, and aiming to make fair and equitable decisions based on law, evidence and my own conscience.

Favorite Word or Term
All through my life, “dealing with matters with all my heart and soul” has been my personal motto. However, there are also times in life when we are faced with a difficult goal, and must rise to the challenge. On such occasions, I have motivated myself to tackle the challenge with the saying, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”

Books that Left an Impression on Me
Books such as Saka no Ue no Kumo (Clouds Over the Hill) and Kaidō wo Yuku (On the Highways) by Ryotaro Shiba, and Kanryō-tachi no Natsu (The Summer of the Bureaucrats) by Saburo Shiroyama, which I read when the times didn't allow us to see the future easily because of the continual occurrences of university disputes and two oil shocks, have led me to think of the future of Japan and encouraged me to work for the country. In this sense, these books showed me the direction I should head in for in the rest of my life.

Hobbies
When I was abroad for an overseas assignment, I started playing golf, and I was enthusiastic about it for a long time since after. As I thought that I had enjoyed playing golf enough, I had been gradually changing from golf to tennis for exercise. Since then I have enjoyed playing tennis for the past more than 20 years or so. Tennis is such a sport as easy and convenient to play near my home.

Another hobby is traveling and taking pictures. To date, I have travelled to 31 countries, including trips that took me around the world on two occasions, and I have also been to all the prefectures in Japan. When digital single-lens reflex cameras first appeared on the market, I was quick to get one, and I have been enjoying taking pictures with it.

I would have to say, I am quite the computer enthusiast. I have been using them since back in the days of MS-DOS, before Windows, and I have bought and used models from almost all the major manufacturers. The most recent addition is my smartphone. When I first got it, I was very impressed that a computer would fit in the palm of my hand. Now, I find it invaluable.

I also like writing. In the field of law, I have written commentary books on the Unfair Competition Prevention Act and the Product Liability Act, as well as a textbook on lawmaking.

In addition to the above, I like reading books on the latest theories in cosmology. I was once very interested in the superstring theory. Recently, I am curious about the Standard Model of particle physics and the future of the study on dark matter. I am greatly moved by the process in which a hypothesis for a law of physics is formed by human logical thinking and then proven by experimental physics.