Hironobu Takesaki ’71 LL.M. recently became chief justice of the Supreme Court of Japan.
An expert in criminal law, Justice Takesaki has held several positions within the Court’s General Secretariat. He served as secretary-general in 2002, and since 2007, he has been the president of the Tokyo High Court, one of eight courts with territorial jurisdiction over eight major parts of Japan.
According to Japan Today, Justice Takesaki was chosen for his current role to ensure that the Supreme Court isn’t swayed by any potential changes in government leadership.