Date of Birth: September 2, 1954
Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law in 1979
Appointed as a legal apprentice in 1980
- Appointed as a Judge, and then, assigned to Tokyo District Court, Hakodate District/Family Court, Secretariat of Environmental Dispute Coordination Commission, Naha District/Family Court
- Judge, Naha District/Family Court
- Judge, Tokyo District Court
- Counselor, Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice
- Counselor, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Justice
- Director of the Legislative Division, Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice
- Acting Assistant Vice-Minister of Justice, Ministry of Justice
- Assistant Vice-Minister of Justice, Ministry of Justice
- Director-General of the Judicial System Department, Minister's Secretariat, Ministry of Justice
- Judge, Tokyo High Court
- Presiding Judge, Tokyo District Court
- Director-General of the Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice
- Presiding Judge, Tokyo High Court
- Chief Judge, Saitama District Court
- President, Tokyo High Court
- January 9, 2018 Justice of the Supreme Court
Things to Keep in Mind as a Justice
As many cases in the Supreme Court involve complicated legal problems and/or issues on which different people make different subjective judgments, it is difficult for the Court to deal with the cases. I will strive to play an active role when the Supreme Court seeks a proper and appropriate interpretation and application of the law in each case as the highest court that primarily judges questions of law.
Books that Left an Impression on Me
I read many books across all genres. Among those I have read in recent years, the most interesting book that stands out in my memory is “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” written by Yuval Noah Harari, which became a world bestseller.
I cook various dishes, Japanese, western, Chinese and ethnic, in daily life and also like reading books on cooking.