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Japan Federation of Bar Associations

President’s Message

Susumu Murakoshi

Welcome to the Japan Federation of Bar Associations ("JFBA").

Attorneys in Japan and the JFBA have some characteristics from a global perspective.

First of all, we put great value in protecting human rights. The Attorney Act in Japan stipulates that an attorney is entrusted with the mission of “protecting fundamental human rights and achieving social justice.” It is stipulated in the JFBA Articles of Association that “this Federation shall be the source of protection of fundamental human rights and the realization of social justice.” The JFBA and its member attorneys are engaged in a wide range of activities protecting human rights and promoting the public interest, spending considerable amounts of time, effort, and financial resources. Further, it is not uncommon for the JFBA, from this position, to make proposals for, and provide a critique of the legislative activities in the Diet and government policies.

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News Release
2015/02/13 Summary of the JFBA Statement Concerning the Monitoring Function of the Diet Regarding the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets
2015/01/14 Statement Regarding the Death of a Detainee at the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau
2015/01/07 Guidance (Handbook) on Human Rights Due Diligence
2015/01/01 JFBA Brief Note - Corporate Governance and Appointing More Female Attorneys as Outside Directors for Companies
New Year’s Message (January 1, 2015)
2014/12/25 Statement Concerning the Acts of Intimidation Made against Hokusei Gakuin University and One of Its Instructors, etc.
2014/12/19 Opinion Paper Concerning the Revision of Textbook Examination Standards, the Guidelines for the Screening of Textbook Examination Standards, and the Adoption of Textbooks
2014/12/12 Statement Regarding the Decision on the Rejection of the Appeal for Retrial of the Fukui Junior High School Girl Murder Case
2014/11/11 Request for the Launch of a Nationwide Debate on Abolition of the Death Penalty System and Suspending Executions and Taking Immediate Measures to Prevent Miscarriages of Justice Leading to the Death Penalty
2014/10/02 The 57th JFBA Convention on the Protection of Human Rights Held in Hakodate City, Hokkaido on October 2nd and 3rd, 2014
2014/10/01 Statement Regarding Criminal Justice Reform Following the Decision to Open a Retrial in the “Hakamada Case”
2014/09/19 Opinion Calling for Repeal of the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets
2014/09/18 Opinion Concerning the Cabinet’s Decision Approving the Exercise of the Right to Collective Self-Defense, etc.
Opinion Calling for Improvement of the Detention System at Immigration Control
2014/08/29 Statement Protesting Execution of the Death Penalty and Reiterating our Request for the Suspension of Executions and the Launch of a Nationwide Debate on the Abolition of the Death Penalty
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