Justices of the Supreme Court

Justice
KOIKE, Hiroshi
Date of Birth: July 3, 1951

image:KOIKE Hiroshi

Career

Education:

Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law in 1975

Qualification:

Appointed as a legal apprentice in 1975

Professional Career:

1977
Assistant Judge, Osaka District Court
1980
Assistant Judge, Kawasaki Branch, Yokohama Family/District Court
1983
Staff Attorney, Civil Affairs Bureau, General Secretariat, Supreme Court
1985
Staff Attorney, General Affairs Bureau, General Secretariat, Supreme Court
1987
Judge, Tokyo District Court
1988
Director, Judicial Systems Research Office, General Affairs Bureau, General Secretariat, Supreme Court
1991
Judge, Tokyo District Court
1993
Director, Second and Third Divisions, General Affairs Bureau, General Secretariat, Supreme Court
1996
Director, First Division, General Affairs Bureau, General Secretariat, Supreme Court
1999
Councilor, General Secretariat, Supreme Court
2004
Presiding Judge, Tokyo District Court
2006
Director-General, Financial Bureau, General Secretariat, Supreme Court
2010
Chief Judge, Mito District Court
2012
Presiding Judge, Tokyo High Court
2013
Chief Judge, Tokyo District Court
2014
President, Tokyo High Court
2015
April 2, 2015 Justice of the Supreme Court

Motto, hobbies

Things to Keep in Mind as a Justice

To date, as a judge for the first and appellate instances, I have always dedicated myself to coming to a reasonable judgement considered from a legal and common sense viewpoint by endeavoring to examine all available evidence with sharpest ears and most attentive eyes and taking specific circumstances into consideration. I am determined to continue to hear cases conscientiously, with a fair mind and broadest-ranging perspective, and come to a judgement concluded through clear paths of reasoning for cases that involve conflicts of interests or opinions.

Favorite Word or Term

Be true to where I began.
This is the only way to make the best use of myself.

Books that Left an Impression on Me

Recently, I am spending much time reading autobiographical novels and critical biographies. I find it very interesting that Gandhi, President Mandela, President Obama, pioneers of a new age who lived or live almost contemporaneous with me, are all jurists. I read an autobiography of Etsuko Sugimoto, who was a daughter of a chief retainer of the Nagaoka Domain, entitled “Bushi No Musume (A Samurai’s Daughter)”, and I was very impressed with the image of a woman who lived in difficult times with dignity.

Hobbies

After I have enjoyed playing baseball and other sports, I now like going out for a brisk walk. I also enjoy home cooking, making post cards from pictures of my drawing and balcony gardening. As I am not a meticulous person, I am having fun pursuing these interests, completely apart from improving myself.

  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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