Naoto Ōtani


Naoto Ōtani
大谷 直人
19th Chief Justice of Japan
Assumed office
January 9, 2018
Appointed byEmperor Akihito
Preceded byItsurō Terada
Personal details
Born
大谷直人 (Ōtani Naoto)

(1952-06-23) June 23, 1952 (age 66)
Akabira, Hokkaido, Japan
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo, Faculty of Law (1975)

Naoto Ōtani (大谷 直人, Ōtani Naoto, born June 23, 1952) is a Japanese lawyer and is the 19th and current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Japan.

Early life and education

Ōtani was born in Akabira, Hokkaido, Japan. He graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law in 1975, and became an Assistant Judge of the Tokyo District Court in 1977.

He became a Judge of the Tokyo District Court in 1994, a Professor at the Legal Training and Research Institute in 1995, and later served as a Judge of the Tokyo High Court in 2010. He became the Chief Judge of the Shizuoka District Court in 2011.[1]

Before becoming Chief Justice, Ōtani was the President of the Osaka High Court and was also one of the Justices of the Supreme Court. He previously served as the Director-General of the Criminal Affairs Bureau and the Personnel Affairs Bureau, and as the Secretary-General of the Supreme Court, and is known for his role in designing the lay judge system of Japan.[2][3]

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日本語: 大谷直人
中文: 大谷直人