Chief Justice of Japan

Chief Justice of Japan
Itsurō Terada

since April 1, 2014
Style The Honourable
Appointer HIM The Emperor
Term length Life tenure until the mandatory retirement age of 70.
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The Chief Justice of Japan (最高裁判所長官 Saikōsaibansho-chōkan) is the chief judge of the Supreme Court of Japan and is the head of the judicial branch of the Japanese government. He is appointed by the Emperor of Japan after being nominated by the Cabinet; which is in practice, known to be under the recommendation of the former Chief Justice.[1]

List of Chief Justices

For a list of Chief Justices prior to 2002, see List of Chief Justices of Japan.
Name Japanese Script Appointment date
Akira Machida 町田顯 November 6, 2002
Niro Shimada 島田仁郎 October 16, 2006
Hironobu Takesaki 竹崎博允 November 21, 2008
Itsurō Terada 寺田逸郎 April 1, 2014


  1. "Change at the top court's helm". Retrieved 15 December 2014.

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