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Tohoku University's Fujita named Supreme Court justice.

TOKYO, Sept. 20 Kyodo


The government on Friday appointed Tokiyasu Fujita, professor of administrative law in Tohoku University's graduate school, as a Supreme Court justice, government officials said.

Fujita, 62, will assume the post Sept. 30, replacing Masamichi Okuda, who was also a scholar. Okuda will retire on Sept. 27.

A Tokyo native and graduate of the University of Tokyo, Fujita has been on the faculty of Tohoku University's graduate school since April 2000, after serving as a professor in Tohoku University's undergraduate division and prior to that as a teaching assistant at the University of Tokyo.

Fujita is also on the government's Information Disclosure Review Board, which deliberates appeals filed against disclosure decisions.

In 1996, he was named a member of the administrative reform council under then Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto. He later chaired a subpanel that mapped out a plan for the reorganization of government offices and agencies in January 2001.

Meanwhile, Tatsuo Kainaka, superintendent public prosecutor in the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, will be named a Supreme Court justice to replace Kazutomo Ijima, a former public prosecutor who is set to retire Oct. 6, government sources said.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who as head of the cabinet is vested with the authority to appoint a justice to the nation's top court, consulted Chief Justice Shigeru Yamaguchi on the appointment earlier in the day, the sources said.

Kainaka, 62, became a public prosecutor in 1966 after graduating from Chuo University. He served as chief public prosecutor in the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office and deputy prosecutor general in the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office before being appointed to his current post in January.

While a deputy chief prosecutor in the Tokyo district office, the native of Hyogo Prefecture handled cases related to the AUM Shinrikyo cult and AIDS caused by contaminated blood products, and as chief public prosecutor there was in charge of the bribery case involving former Construction Minister Eiichi Nakao.
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Date:Sep 23, 2002
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