Itsurō Terada

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Itsurō Terada
寺田 逸郎
18th Chief Justice of Japan
In office
April 1, 2014 – January 8, 2018
Appointed byEmperor Akihito
Preceded byHironobu Takesaki
Succeeded byNaoto Ōtani
Personal details
寺田逸郎 (Terada Itsurō)

(1948-01-09) January 9, 1948 (age 71)
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo, Faculty of Law (1972)

Itsurō Terada (寺田 逸郎, Terada Itsurō, born January 9, 1948) is a Japanese lawyer and was the 18th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Japan.

Early life and education[edit]

Terada was born in Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.[1] He was born into a family of great judicial significance. His father, Jirō Terada, was the Supreme Court's 10th Chief Justice.[2] In 1972, he graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law.

By 1980, Terada had held various positions as Assistant Judge in several District Courts, the Tokyo District Court in 1974, the Sapporo District Court in 1977 and the Osaka District Court in 1980. Terada was also the Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands in 1981. He then moved to the Ministry of Justice in 1988, where he served as the Director-General of the Judicial System Department and the Civil Affairs Bureau.

Before becoming Chief Justice, Terada was the President of the Hiroshima High Court and was also one of the Justices of the Supreme Court.[3]

Chief Justice[edit]

At age 66, Terada replaced Hironobu Takesaki as Chief Justice on April 1, 2014, when Takesaki reached the date of his retirement.

Terada as Chief Justice, was formally appointed by the Emperor after being nominated by the Cabinet; which in practice, is known to be under the recommendation of the former Chief Justice. It was the first time since the ratification of the Japanese Constitution in 1947, that a father and son have both held the top judiciary position.[4]

He retired on January 8, 2018 when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.



  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2014-06-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ Decoraties Staatsbezoeken Japan en Republiek Korea Archived 2014-11-04 at the Wayback Machine - website of the Dutch Royal House

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