Justices of the Supreme Court

Justice
UGA, Katsuya
Date of Birth: July 21, 1955

image:UGA Katsuya

Career

Education:

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

Professional Career:

1978
Research Associate, University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law
1981
Associate Professor, University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law
1983
Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School (Fellow of Overseas Research Fellowships, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
1984
Visiting Researcher, University of California, Berkeley (Fellow of Overseas Research Fellowships, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
1990
Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School
1991
Associate Professor, University of Tokyo, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics / Faculty of Law
1994
Professor, University of Tokyo, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics / Faculty of Law
1998
Visiting Researcher, Georgetown Law School
2001
Principal Lecturer / Visiting Professor, Open University of Japan,School of Graduate Studies
2004
Professor, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy
2019
March 20, 2019 Justice of the Supreme Court

Motto, hobbies

Things to Keep in Mind as a Justice

Through the more than 40 years of my career as a researcher, I have read as many pieces of literature as I could, including court judgments and decisions, books, and academic articles, and have organized my thoughts and published them in my articles. As a Justice of the Supreme Court, I will closely read the materials and organize my thoughts regarding each case, while listening to the other Justices’ views attentively. In this process, I will face each and every case with sincerity from a fair and neutral standpoint, and will do what I can to draw a reasonable conclusion for the case.

Favorite Word or Term

In 2018, Princess Ayako, the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado, said in the press conference announcing her engagement: What we have today will not necessarily be there tomorrow. This comment was very impressive to me. With it in mind, I will try to make every day free of regret, without putting off until tomorrow what I can do today.

Books that Left an Impression on Me

I love history and I am a fan of Ryotaro Shiba. Among his books, Ryoma ga Yuku (Ryoma Goes His Way) and Saka no Ue no Kumo (Clouds above the Hill) made great impressions on me.

Hobbies

As I have gotten older, I have grown more fond of nature and begun to feel peace of mind by seeing beautiful natural scenery. I have had difficulty finding time to go on a trip the past several years, so when I am strolling in the beautiful park near my home, it is a blissful time for me.

  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
      16. Former Justices
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