Hironobu Takesaki

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The Honourable
Hironobu Takesaki
竹崎 博允
17th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Japan
In office
November 25, 2008 – March 31, 2014
Appointed by Emperor Akihito
Preceded by Niro Shimada
Succeeded by Itsurō Terada
Personal details
Born 竹崎博允 (Takesaki Hironobu?)
(1944-07-08) July 8, 1944 (age 72)
Okayama Prefecture, Japan
Alma mater University of Tokyo Faculty of Law

Hironobu Takesaki (竹崎 博允 Takesaki Hironobu?, born July 8, 1944) is a Japanese lawyer and a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Japan. He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law [1] and of Columbia Law School.

At age 64, Takesaki replaced Niro Shimada as the Chief Justice when November 21, 2008, the date of Shimada's mandatory retirement, came.[2] He retired in March 2014.

Takesaki has been harshly criticized by former judge Hiroshi Segi in his book Zetubo no Saibansho, where he is alleged to have "ensured judges who issued rulings or published academic papers running counter to his leadership policies were denied promotion and banished to rural areas. As a result, terrified judges learned to kowtow to their superiors and shy away from handing down nonconforming rulings."[3]

Takesaki was replaced by Itsurō Terada as the new Chief Justice on April 1, 2014, the date of Takesaki's retirement.


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  2. ^ "Takesaki formally named as Supreme Court chief justice." Japan Today. October 31, 2008.
  3. ^ Osaki, Tomohiro (30 April 2014). "Ex-judge lifts lid on Japan's 'corrupt' judicial system". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2 May 2014.