Date of Birth: July 3, 1952
Graduated from School of Law, Tohoku University in 1978
Appointed as a legal apprentice in 1978
- Appointed as a Judge, and then, assigned to Tokyo District Court, Administrative Affairs Bureau, General Secretariat of Supreme Court, Kushiro Family/District Court
- Judge, Tokyo District Court
- Judge, Sapporo District/Family Court
- Judicial Research Official, Supreme Court
- Judge, Tokyo High Court
- Presiding Judge, Tokyo District Court
- Chief Judge, Mito District Court
- Presiding Judge, Tokyo High Court
- President, Osaka High Court
- September 5, 2016 Justice of the Supreme Court
Things to Keep in Mind as a Justice
In trials, I consciously try to review the cases from multiple perspectives. I have been making judgments after considering the reasons for the judgments in different ways including argumentative way of thinking, way of thinking to which the rule of thumb has been applied, more practical way of thinking, multiple persons’ perspective, and saying them as much as possible and receiving another person’s criticism.
Favorite Word or Term
Honesty and Sympathy
Books that Left an Impression on Me
I have been calling myself a SF fan since my childhood. There are too many favorite writers and works to list them all, and I especially like “The Drowned World” by J.G. Ballard, “Solaris” by Stanislaw Lem, and “The October Country” by Ray Bradbury. Although it is not a science fiction, “Les Miserables” makes me think differently each time I read through it: when I was young; when I was an assistant judge; and after that.
My hobbies are listening to music and reading. I like classical music, but I prefer chansons and canzones. If I sing to myself, I like Russian folk songs and this may be because I grew up in Hokkaido. I also love Japanese folk songs and new music, and all kinds of music. In terms of reading, I am interested in various fields such as science fiction, economics, science, history, and British novels.