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Japan Federation of Bar Associations

President’s Message

Yutaro KIKUCHI, President of the JFBA


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

In the JFBA presidential election held on February 9, 2018, I was fortunate enough to receive 13,014 votes, the largest ever in JFBA history, including many votes from across all of the 52 local bar associations around Japan. I am truly grateful for the strong support shown by receiving as much as 80% of all votes cast.

To date, the JFBA has worked extensively on the wide-ranging issues faced by our society as well as on the issues related to attorneys in the JFBA’s role as an organization committed to its mission to protect human rights and achieve social justice. We have particularly focused our efforts on carrying out activities to provide relief for the socially vulnerable and to improve the judicial system so as to make it truly reliable and accessible for citizens. We will continue to dedicate our further strengthened efforts to resolve these issues by building upon and learning from the efforts made by our predecessors.


News Release
2018/03/29 Request to Suspend Executions
2018/02/14 JFBA Opinion concerning the Japanese Government’s Comments on the Draft General Comment No.36 on Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
2017/12/21 Statement on the Performance of the Verification of the Identity of the client by Attorneys, etc.
2017/12/19 Statement Strongly Protesting Against an Execution and Calling for an Immediate Moratorium and the Abolition of the Death Penalty by 2020
2017/12/14 Statement on the Special Appeal by Prosecutors in the Matsubase Case
2017/12/13 Statement on the Temporary Injunction Ruling Regarding the Ikata Nuclear Power Plant by the Hiroshima High Court
2017/12/08 Comment on the JFBA’s Adoption of a New Special Measure to Promote Gender Equality (Women Quota System for Vice President Positions)
2017/12/06 Guidance for Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi Re: New regulations on ABS & Office Name of Geikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi
2017/11/29 Request to Achieve the Abolishment of the Death Penalty System Before the Next UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Due to be Held in Japan in 2020
2017/11/15 Statement regarding the UPR of Japan by the United Nations Human Rights Council
2017/10/06 Resolution Concerning Judicial Responsibility for the Hansen’s Disease Isolated Court (Summary)
Resolution Aiming at Securing Equal Access to Comprehensive Support for Crime Victims (Summary)
Resolution Calling for Enhancing Guarantee of the Right to Privacy and the Right to Know, and the Promotion of Information Disclosure to Realize a Democratic Society that Secures Respect for the Individual (Summary)
Resolution Calling for the Conservation of Biodiversity and the Realization of Sustainable and Autonomous Local Communities (Summary)
2017/09/22 Symposium “Towards Formulation of National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights “

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