Justices of the Supreme Court

Justice
KUSANO, Koichi
Date of Birth: March 22, 1955

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Career

Education:

Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law in 1978

Qualification:

Appointed as a legal apprentice in 1978

Professional Career:

1980
Registered as an attorney (Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association)
1986
Received LL.M., Harvard Law School
1994
Corporate Auditor, Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
1999
Director, Rakuten, Inc.
2004
Visiting Professor, Business Law Center, University of Tokyo
Graduate Schools for Law and Politics
2005
Lecturer, Kyoto University Law School
2007
Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics
2013
Professor, Keio University Law School
2014
Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School
2018
Received Ph.D.(in Laws),University of Tokyo
2019
February 13, 2019 Justice of the Supreme Court

Motto, hobbies

Things to keep in Mind as a Justice

If laws and regulations are interpreted differently, people will behave differently, and if people behave differently, the state of the society will be different. With this in mind, I will endeavour to fulfil my duties with the utmost effort in order to create an affluent, fair and tolerant society through appropriate interpretation of laws and regulations.

Favorite Word or Term

Thus far, I have made it my philosophy of life to “learn every day, reflect upon myself every day, and thereby keep improving myself.” I hope I will keep following this path for years to come.

Books that Left an Impression on Me

I have read so many books thus far. As for my favourite books, I can nominate Kaoru Shoji’s novels (particularly, Sayonara Kaiketsu Kurozukin (Goodbye Kaiketsu Kurozukin)), Shuichi Kato’s essays (particularly, Hitsuji no Uta (A Sheep’s Song)), Ryotaro Shiba’s novels(particularly, Saka no Ue no Kumo (Clouds above the Hill))and Haruki Murakami’s novels (particularly, Noruuei no Mori (Norwegian Wood )).

Hobbies

I do various things in my free time, and the thing I like most is studying. In my younger days, I didn’t like studying so much, but with the advance of age, I have come to enjoy studying. In my 50s, I studied mathematics and economics with great enthusiasm, and after turning sixty, I have kept studying French while lamenting a decline in memory. I also like studying history, and lately I often read books on the modern history of England and France and books on Japanese medieval history.

  1. About the Supreme Court
    1. Access to the Supreme Court
    2. Organization Chart of the Supreme Court
    3. Justices of the supreme court
      1. IKEGAMI Masayuki
      2. OTANI Naoto
      3. KOIKE Hiroshi
      4. KIZAWA Katsuyuki
      5. KANNO Hiroyuki
      6. YAMAGUCHI Atsushi
      7. TOKURA Saburo
      8. HAYASHI Keiichi
      9. MIYAZAKI Yuko
      10. MIYAMA Takuya
      11. MIURA Mamoru
      12. KUSANO Koichi
      13. UGA Katsuya
      14. HAYASHI Michiharu
      15. OKAMURA Kazumi
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