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Japan Federation of Bar Associations sets quota of at least two female vice presidents

  • December 9, 2017
  • , Asahi , p. 34
  • JMH Translation

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations decided at an ad hoc general meeting on Dec. 8 to set a quota of at least two female vice presidents. The total number of vice presidents will be increased from 13 to 15 next year, with two slots being reserved for women.


As of the end of March, 18.4% of members of bar associations nationwide are women. Federation President Kazuhiro Nakamoto said at a news conference: “We would like to make every effort to serve as the social model for the constitutional provision on gender equality.”


The vice presidents normally serve for a term of one year and candidates are endorsed by the regional bar associations or regional federations. However, the national federation will form a recommendation committee to choose the two female vice presidents from female lawyers all over the country. (Abridged)

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