On Sept. 20, the government decided to appoint Kazumi Okamura, a former prosecutor and head of the Consumer Affairs Agency, as successor to Supreme Court Justice Tsuneyuki Yamamoto, who will retire on Sept. 25. Okamura will become the seventh female justice at the Supreme Court of Japan. The Supreme Court has 15 justices, and Okamura will be one of two female justices. The official appointment date has not been decided yet.
Profile of Kazumi Okamura: Graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988; served as counsellor at the Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Justice; prosecutor at the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office; hails from Tokyo; is 61 years old.