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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
2014/07/30 President's message & JFBA Reception - The 2014 IBA Annual Conference in Tokyo
2014/06/26 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
2014/06/04 White Paper on Attorneys 2013
2014/05/30 Outline of the Declaration Aiming at the Restoration of Fundamental Human Rights from Damages Caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant Accident and the Realization of Transition Away from Nuclear Power Adopted at the 65th JFBA General Meeting
2014/05/08 Opinion Calling for Legislation of a Law Concerning Records of Criminal Investigations
Opinion Concerning Overall Augmentation of Records on Procedures in which Courts are Involved during Police Investigations
2014/04/01 President’s Message - as the Newly Elected President of the JFBA (April 1, 2014)
2014/03/27 Statement Regarding the Decision on the Opening of the Retrial of the “Hakamada Case”
2014/03/14 Promotion of the Use of “Suspect’s Notes” - Towards the Realization of Transparent Interrogations
2014/03/01 JFBA Brief Note - Increasing Internationalization of Family Affairs Cases - The Hague Convention to Come into Force on April 1, 2014
2014/01/01 New Year's Message
JFBA Brief Note – The Future of the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets (Towards a Full-scale Review of the Act)
2013/12/06 Statement Protesting the Railroading through the Special Secrets Bill
2013/11/15 Statement Opposing the Special Secrets Bill and Calling for a Full-Scale Review on the System for a Protection of Secrecy Law in Accordance with the Tshwane Principles
2013/11/12 A conference co-presented by the IBA and the JFBA, supported by the IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum

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