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.