Kazuko Ito Profile
Attorney at Law
Secretary General, Human Rights Now,
Partner, Mimosa Forest Law Office
Affiliated with the Tokyo Bar Association
Office: Creative One Akihabara Building 7F, 5-3-4 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
Mimosa Forest Law Office Tel ＋81-3-5807-3184 Fax ＋ 81-3-5807-8303
Human Rights Now Tel ＋81-3-3835-2110 Fax ＋ 81-3-3834-1025
Kazuko Ito has been practicing law as a human rights lawyer since 1994.
As a human rights lawyer, she works various human rights issues, such as women's rights, children's rights, criminal justice and juvenile justice and public interest litigations in Japan as well as critical human rights problems in the world, with special focus in Asia.
Kazuko has handled important wrongful conviction and false charge cases, including Retrial of Death Penalty - Nabari Case and Juvenile False Charge Case "Chofu Case". Based on the professional experience, she has been involved with comprehensive criminal justice reform, including the Saiban-In system~the Japanese civil participation system into criminal procedure which was introduced in 2009. She conducts extensive research on comparative study of criminal justice reform to prevent wrongful convictions in the world.
As a Hauser research fellow of NYU School of Law in 2004-2005, she researched comparative study of criminal justice system as well as international human rights law. In 2005, she joined the Center for Constitutional Rights, a NY based human rights NGO as a visiting lawyer and worked on human rights situation of the detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
In 2006, Kazuko joined the establishment of the Human Rights Now, a Japan based international human rights NGO and since then serving as the Secretary General. The objective of HRN is promotion and protection of human rights worldwide, with special focus in Asia. HRN is the first Japan based international human rights NGO which works for promotion and protection of human rights for people in the world, with special focus in Asia. The works of HRN include investigation, report, policy recommendation and advocacy to solve the grace human rights situation in the world. HRN also contribute human rights education and technical cooperation based on the experience and expertise of law practitioner.
Besides, she serves as the chief of the Gender Equality Committee of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and a board member of Gender Law Society in Japan. As a practitioner, she handled the U.S. Yokota Air Base Pollution Lawsuit, womenﾕs rights litigations and cases on sexual exploitation against Asian children. She dedicated to rescue of three Japanese hostages in Iraq in 2004 and worked as their representative.
Her publication includes ﾒChallenge of Saibanin System toward the end of wrongful convictionﾓ(Gendai Jinbun Sya, 2006), "The Problem of False Confession in the Post-DNA World"( Translation, Author Steven Drizin, Richard Leo, Nihon Hyoron Sha) and "World Report of International Human Rights Law"( Law Seminar 2006-2008, Nihon Hyoron Sha).
Attorney at Law( Tokyo Bar Association)
Secretary General, Human Rights Now, Japan
Chief, Gender Equality Committee of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations(JFBA)
Board Member, Gender Law Society, Japan
Member of the International Human Rights Committee of Japan Federation of Bar Associations(JFBA)
Author of several books and articles, including ﾒ Word Report of International Human Rights Lawﾓ( Hougaku Seminar, Nihon Hyoron Sya), "Challenge for Civil Participation of Japanese Criminal Justice System to prevent wrongful conviction"( Gendai Jinbun Sya).
【Short Biography 】
1989 Graduated from Waseda University
1991 Passed the Japanese Bar Examination
1994-Present Practicing as Lawyer
2004-2005 Houser Research Scholar of New York University School of Law
2005 Working for a New York Based human rights NGO, Center for Constitutional Rights
2006-Present Serving as the Secretary General of Human Rights Now
2007-2011 Partner, Olive Tree Law Offic
2007-2008 Chief of the Gender Equality Committee of Tokyo Bar Association
2011-present Chief of the Gender Equality Committee of JFBA
April 2012~ Partner, Mimosa Forest Law Office
Article and media
・ 「 Reform of the Criminal Justice System in Japan and the International Humman Rights Standards」(2011)pdfファイルをダウンロード
・ 「Long history and painful lessons 〜 Wrongful Convictions and recent criminal justice reform in Japan」
・ Interview on NBC News 「TEPCO: 'We are very sorry'」
・ Amnesty International News, June 2010
・ Amnesty International, March 2012, "40 years on death row"
・ UCA News "Rights Group exposes child mining scandal"
・ Japan Times "NGOs air concerns over strife in Gaza Strip"