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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
2015/07/24 Statement Expressing Concern with the Taking of a Group of Lawyers in China and Calling for the Guarantee, etc. of Lawyers’ Practice
2015/06/26 White Paper on Attorneys 2014
2015/05/21 Statement concerning the Ideal Number of Legal Professionals drafted by the Office for the Promotion of Systemic Reform in the Fostering of Legal Professionals (Summary)
2015/03/18 Statement concerning the “Bill to Amend the Code of Criminal Procedure, etc.” which includes Mandatory Transparency in Interrogations, etc.
2015/03/11 Statement Marking the Fourth Anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the Subsequent Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant Accident
2015/02/27 Summary of the JFBA Statement Calling for Deliberations concerning the Labor Policy in accordance with the Tripartite Structure Principles
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
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