Heisei in Perspective: Women Become Supreme Court Justices


Tokyo, April 26 (Jiji Press)--Women assumed greater roles in many parts of Japanese society during the Heisei era, and the Supreme Court, the guardian of the constitution, was no exception.

The first female justice was appointed in the Supreme Court in 1994, the sixth year of Heisei, and the total number of women on the 15-justice panel at the top court has risen to three at the peak.

One female justice currently uses her original surname in the workplace.

In February 1994, the late Hisako Takahashi became the first female justice at the Supreme Court at the age of 66. She was the 114th justice at the top court.

A graduate of the University of Tokyo, Takahashi joined the former labor ministry in 1953 and served as chief of the women's labor division and the women's and young workers' division. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by the government of Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa.

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