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Chief Justice of Japan
Chief Justice of Japan
Naoto ?tani

since January 9, 2018
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerHIM The Emperor
Term lengthLife tenure until the mandatory retirement age of 70.

The Chief Justice of Japan (?, Saik?saibansho-ch?kan) is the chief judge of the Supreme Court of Japan and is the head of the judicial branch of the Japanese government.

The Chief Justice is ceremonially appointed by the Emperor of Japan after being nominated by the Cabinet; in practice, this is following the recommendation of the former Chief Justice.[1] Under the Constitution of Japan, the only other official appointed by the Emperor is the Prime Minister, emphasizing the status of the Court as independent from the elected government.[2]

List of Chief Justices

Name Kanji Appointment date
Tadahiko Mibuchi ? August 4, 1947
K?tar? Tanaka March 3, 1950
Kisaburo Yokota October 25, 1960
Masatoshi Yokota ? August 6, 1966
Kazuto Ishida ? January 11, 1969
Tomokazu Murakami ? May 21, 1973
Ekizo Fujibayashi ? May 25, 1976
Masao Okahara ? August 26, 1977
Takaaki Hattori ? April 2, 1979
Jiro Terada ? October 1, 1982
Koichi Yaguchi ? November 5, 1985
Ryohachi Kusaba ? February 20, 1990
Toru Miyoshi November 7, 1995
Shigeru Yamaguchi October 31, 1997
Akira Machida November 6, 2002
Niro Shimada ? October 16, 2006
Hironobu Takesaki ? November 21, 2008
Itsur? Terada ? April 1, 2014
Naoto ?tani ? January 9, 2018

See also


  1. ^ "Change at the top court's helm". Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Repeta, Lawrence (2011). "Reserved Seats on Japan's Supreme Court". Washington University Law Review. 88: 1716.

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