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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
2022/09/09 White Paper on Attorneys 2021
2022/08/18 Opinion Calling for Review of the Status of Forces Agreement between Japan and the United States and Improvement to its Framework
2022/07/26 Statement Strongly Protesting Today’s Execution and Calling for an Immediate Moratorium on All Executions and to Enact Legislation Immediately to Abolish the Death Penalty
2022/07/14 Statement Calling on the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to advance concrete and effective proposals at the Review Conference of the Parties to the NPT that will lead to a world without nuclear weapons
2022/07/08 Statement on the Shooting against Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
2022/06/17 Opinion for Improving the Saiban-in (Lay Judge) System so that the Saiban-in Can Participate More Proactively and Substantively
2022/05/26 Statement Urging the Japanese Government to Sign and Ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as Soon as Possible on the Occasion of the First Meeting of its State Parties
2022/05/15 Statement on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Reversion of Okinawa to Japan
2022/05/02 Statement Opposing the Introduction of the Emergency Clause and the Extension of the Terms of Office of Members of the House of Representatives through Amendment of the Constitution of Japan
2022/03/22 Statement Opposing Mandatory Installation of Security Cameras Inside Trains
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
2022/03/17 Current Direction on Policy Regarding the Number of Legal Professionals—Results of the Review for Further Reduction in the Number of Successful Bar Examinees
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

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