Japan’s new chief justice has promised to do everything in his capacity to ensure trust in the nation’s judiciary system. 66-year old Itsuro Terada, whose father Jiro Terada was the 10th chief justice of the country, has been named the 18th chief justice to serve the Supreme Court.
During his inaugural conference, Terada said, “The need for fairness is greater than ever as we see more complicated conflicts of interest due to changing social circumstances.” He added that he would like to earn the public’s trust and meet their expectations and ensure that they will start trusting the system more. , Before working for the Justice Ministry in 1981, Terada, who hails from Kyoto, was an assistant judge. When he moved to the Justice Ministry, he was very much involved in reforming the judicial system that has been criticized by the public and international human rights groups for so long.
Recently, Japan finally signed the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This establishes rules and procedures for the return to the country of habitual residence of children below the age of 16, which were taken away by their parent providing the other parent requests for their return. When asked regarding Japan becoming the 91st signatory in this international treaty for settling cross-border child custody cases, Terada remarked, “We need to deepen our consideration of trends in the international community to deal with family affairs and areas that have international dimensions.”
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