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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
2020/01/30 2020 GJB Seminar ~Updates on Amendment to GJB Law and Guidance on Naming and Labeling of GJB Office~
2019/10/29 Anti Money Laundering Measures-Verification of Client Identity-
2019/10/15 Opinion Calling for the Cessation of Using Handcuffs and Waist Ropes on Suspects or Defendants While Entering and Leaving the Courtroom in Criminal Trials
Basic Propositions on Abolition of the Death Penalty and on Introducing Alternative Punishment and Instituting a Judicial Proceeding System for Commutation
2019/10/04 Resolution Calling for the Immediate Amendment of the Code of Criminal Procedure Part IV to Urgently Rescue Victims Who Have Suffered a Miscarriage of Justice
Resolution Requesting the Implementation of an Individual Complaints Procedure and the Establishment of a National Human Rights Institution
Declaration Calling for the Establishment of the Right to Have the Assistance of Counsel: Counsel’s Presence at Interrogation Changes the Criminal Justice System
2019/09/12 Principles on the Support for Pro Se Litigants in the Context of Digitization of Civil Court Proceedings
2019/08/08 Statement on the death incident of the detainee in the Immigration Center and re-detention
JFBA signed the following declaration, resolution and proposals at the G7 Bars Meeting held in Paris, France, on July 11 and July 12, 2019.
2019/08/02 Statement Strongly Protesting Today’s Executions and Calling for an Immediate Moratorium and the Abolition of the Death Penalty by 2020
2019/07/18 Grand Design of International Strategy
2019/06/21 Draft of the outline for legislation of the Acts reflecting the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration with amendments as adopted in 2006
2019/06/19 Confidentiality of Communication between Clients and Attorneys(so called legal professional privilege or attorney client privilege)in Conjunction with the Amendments to the Anti-Monopoly Act
2019/06/14 Declaration to further promote the expansion of legal services required by globalization and internationalization of society and the improvement of access to these services

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