Japan's envoy to Britain appointed as Supreme Court justice


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Is he qualified ???

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Before he leaves London, he should visit the British Museam whete one of the copies of the Magna Carta is on display. He should learn what proper rule of law / law is.

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   BORN:   April 16 , 1954   EDUCATION:  1977

 B. A. in International Studies from Tokyo University1980

 Special Diploma in Social Studies from Oxford University   CAREER HISTORY:  1977

 Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan1978-1980

 Studied at Oxford University1980-1987

 Served in various Bureaux (Economic Affairs, Asian Affairs, Treaties) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs1987-1990

 First Secretary, Embassy of Japan, Washington, D.C., United States of America1990-1994

 Counsellor, Cabinet Legislation Bureau, Prime Minister’s Office1995-1996

 Director, Second West Europe Division, European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs1996-1998

 Director, Legal Affairs Division, Treaties Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs1998-2001

 Minister, Embassy of Japan, New Delhi, India2001-2002

 Minister, Embassy of Japan, London, United Kingdom2002-2004

 Deputy Director-General, North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs2004-2006

 Deputy Director-General, Treaties Bureau (International Legal Affairs Bureau after Aug 2004), Ministry of Foreign Affairs2006-2007

 Deputy Director-General, Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign AffairsAug 2007

 Consul-General of Japan, San Francisco, United States of AmericaAug 2010

 Director-General, International Legal Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign AffairsSep 2012

 Designated as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of the Netherlands   MARITAL STATUS: Married with two daughters


He's not qualified.

The two previous posters CERTAINLY are.

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Is he qualified ???

The logic behind the choice (and a previous such ex-Ambassadorial choice on the Supreme Court) is that the Court is too narrow if all the Justices have a rather narrow Japanese background, and there needs to be a Justice who has a good understanding of international norms, and experience of interaction between Japan and the international community. This seems reasonable in an increasingly internationalized Japan, and could influence decisions such as on divorced child custody and access, for example.

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I wonder which average term is longer - Japanese PM or Japanese ambassador?

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