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Japan Federation of Bar Associations

President’s Message

Motoji Kobayashi, President of the JFBA


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

My name is Motoji Kobayashi, and I have recently been elected as the new President of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) at the election held on February 4, 2022. It is my great pleasure and honor to serve you in this capacity during my two-year tenure starting on April 1, 2022. I look forward to being enlightened by your insights and advice.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine launched on February 24 shook the whole world. Many civilians have been killed or wounded. The JFBA condemns in the strongest terms Russia for a breach of the UN Charter and its invasion of a sovereign state with military force, and calls for Russian troops’ withdrawal as soon as possible as well as a peaceful settlement.

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News Release
2022/07/08 Statement on the Shooting against Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
2022/03/18 Opinion Calling for Review of the Status of Forces Agreement between Japan and the United States and Improvement to the Framework for Its Implementation in Relation to Quarantine, in Light of the Increase in COVID-19 Infection at U.S. Military Bases
Free Legal Consultation for Foreign Residents in the COVID-19 Pandemic
2022/03/04 President’s Statement Strongly Protesting the Russian Federation’s Military Invasion of Ukraine
2022/02/17 Statement against the Advocacy to Change Certain Descriptions in Textbooks in Line with the Government’s Point of View
2022/02/04 <COVID-19>Statement Calling to Provide for the Application of the Quarantine Act to the U.S. Armed Forces in Japan in the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement and Take Emergency Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Infection from the U.S. Military Bases in Japan
2022/01/26 Symposium on Realizing the Access to Remedy in Japan – The 1st year anniversary of the Japan's National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights
2022/01/20 Opinion Opposing the Discharge to the Sea to Manage Contaminated Water and Treated Water Generated by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident
2021/12/09 Statement Calling on the Japanese Government to Take an Active Role at the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
2021/12/06 Response to the call for inputs on protection of lawyers by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers
2021/12/02 Letter of Request Seeking the Abolition of the Death Penalty System
2021/11/25 Statement by the President Requesting Suspension of the Use of Facial Recognition Systems by Railway Business Operators
2021/10/15 Resolution Calling to Establish the Dignity of Individuals with Cognitive Impairment
2021/10/07 White Paper on Attorneys 2020
2021/09/17 Proposal Calling to Enact a Basic Act on the Rights of the Child

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