<!-- Deleted image removed: -->Akira Machida
(町田 顯 Machida Akira
, born October 16, 1936) was Chief Justice
of the Supreme Court of Japan
from 2002 to 2006.
He first began his career in 1959, when he was appointed as a legal apprentice. In 1961 he was appointed as an assistant judge to the Tokyo
District and its Family Court, the judge of the Muroran branch of the Sapporo
District and its Family Court, and the judge of the Civil Affairs Bureau of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Court. In 1971 he was promoted to being a judge of the Sapporo District and its Family Court.
In 1973 he became Chief of the Budget Division, Financial Affairs Bureau, and General Secretariat of the Supreme Court. He began serving as the Chief of the General Affairs Division in 1975, and although he quit being Chief of the Budget Division, he continued to perform in his other two positions until 1977, when he became Counseller of the Cabinet Legislative Bureau. In 1983 he was appointed as a judge of the Tokyo District, and a presiding judge of the Division.
From 1984 until 1991 he regained his position as General Secretariat of the Supreme Court; however, he also attained the status of Director of the Secretary and Public Information Division in 1984, which he kept until 1986 when he became Director of the Financial Affairs Bureau. In 1991 he became Chief Judge of the Kofu
District Court and its Family Court. In 1993 he became Chief Judge of the Chiba
District Court. In 1994 he was... Read More