|19th Chief Justice of Japan|
|Assumed office |
January 9, 2018
|Appointed by||Emperor Akihito|
|Preceded by||Itsurō Terada|
大谷直人 (Ōtani Naoto)
June 23, 1952
Akabira, Hokkaido, Japan
|Alma mater||University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law (1975)|
Early life and education
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.
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.
At age 65, Ōtani replaced Itsurō Terada as Chief Justice on January 9, 2018, when Terada reached the date of his retirement.
He is set to retire in 2022 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.
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