Famous Lawyers from Japan

List of notable or famous lawyers from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top lawyers born in Japan and even some popular lawyers who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese lawyers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These lawyers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known lawyer from Japan is included when available.

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This historic lawyers from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese lawyers of note?" and "Who are the most famous lawyers from Japan?" These prominent lawyers of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese lawyers.

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  • Hideyuki Aizawa

    Hideyuki Aizawa is a politician and the husband of Yoko Tsukasa.
    • Age: 103
    • Birthplace: Usa, Japan
  • Hiraide Shū
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    Hiraide Shū

    Hiraide Shū (平出 修, 3 April 1878 - 17 March 1914) was a novelist, poet, and lawyer in late Meiji period Japan. As a lawyer, he was noted for his involvement in the defense of the accused in the High Treason Incident.
    • Age: Dec. at 35 (1878-1914)
    • Birthplace: Niigata Prefecture, Japan
  • Hozumi Nobushige
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    Hozumi Nobushige

    Baron Hozumi Nobushige (穂積 陳重, 23 August 1855 –7 April 1926) was a Japanese statesman and jurist of the Meiji period. Hozumi was born in Uwajima Domain, Iyo Province (present-day Ehime Prefecture) as the second son to a family of kokugaku scholars. He graduated from the Kaisei Gakko, (the forerunner to Tokyo Imperial University), and studied overseas from 1876-1881. He first traveled to Great Britain, where he attended the University of London and obtained a license as a barrister. He then traveled to Germany, where he attended the Humboldt University of Berlin. On his return to Japan, he accepted a post as a professor of German law and of comparative law at Tokyo Imperial University. ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1856-1926)
  • Katsuya Okada
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    Katsuya Okada (岡田 克也, Okada Katsuya, born 14 July 1953) is a Japanese politician who was Deputy Prime Minister of Japan from January to December 2012. A member of the House of Representatives of Japan, he was the President of the Democratic Party, and previously of the Democratic Party of Japan. He also served as Secretary-General of the DPJ three times. During the DPJ's period in government he was Foreign Minister of Japan.In 2016, he remained as leader when the Democratic Party of Japan merged with the Japan Innovation Party to become the Democratic Party.
    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Yokkaichi, Japan
  • Keiko Chiba (千葉 景子, Chiba Keiko, born 11 May 1948) is the former justice minister of Japan.
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
  • Mizuho Fukushima (福島 瑞穂, Fukushima Mizuho, born 24 December 1955) is a Japanese politician. A native of Nobeoka, Miyazaki, she has been a member of the House of Councillors since 1998, was re-elected in 2004 and 2010, and was the head of the Social Democratic Party of Japan (SDP), from 2003 to 2013.After graduating from the University of Tokyo with the B.L. degree, she became a lawyer in 1987. She is the deputy head of the SDP, vice-chairperson of the Socialist International (SI), the Visiting Professor of Gakushuin Women's College. Fukushima was also Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety, Social Affairs, and Gender Equality in Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's cabinet (16 ...more
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Nobeoka, Japan