Date of Birth: July 21, 1955
Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law in 1978
- Research Associate, University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law
- Associate Professor, University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law
- Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School (Fellow of Overseas Research Fellowships, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
- Visiting Researcher, University of California, Berkeley (Fellow of Overseas Research Fellowships, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
- Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School
- Associate Professor, University of Tokyo, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics / Faculty of Law
- Professor, University of Tokyo, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics / Faculty of Law
- Visiting Researcher, Georgetown Law School
- Principal Lecturer / Visiting Professor, Open University of Japan,School of Graduate Studies
- Professor, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy
- March 20, 2019 Justice of the Supreme Court
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.
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.