Satoru Shinomiya

Senior Counsel, Member of Tokyo Bar Association

Education and Professional Background

1979 : Graduated from Waseda University, School of Law
1981 : Admitted by Japan Federation of Bar Associations
1994 : Visiting Scholar (Research Topic: U.S. Jury System), at University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (till 1995)
2001 : Director of the Research Office for Judicial Reform, Japan Federation of Bar Associations
Member of the Governmental Task Force to Draft Bills to Establish “Saiban-in” System (Lay Judge System) and to Revise Code of Criminal Procedure (till 2004)
2004 : Professor, Waseda Law School (till 2009)
2009 : Professor, Kokugakuin University, School of Law (till March 2023)
2009 : Member of the Review Committee on “Saiban-in” System (Lay Judge System), Ministry of Justice (till 2013)
2015: President, Japan Clinical Legal Education Association (till 2018)

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense, General Civil Cases, Justice system

Membership and Official Positions

President, Japan Clinical Legal Education Association (2015 to 2018)
Board Member, The Japanese Association of Sociology of Law (2017 to 2020)
Councilor, Japanese American Society for Legal Studies (2017 to 2020)
Member, Criminal Law Society of Japan
Member, The Japanese Society for Law and Psychology
Member, Asian Law and Society Association
Auditor-Secretary, Waseda University Legal Alumni Association


Why O.J. Simpson was acquitted” (Gendaijinbunsha, 1997)
“Here’s all you need to know about jury trials: 31 questions answered” (co-author, Nippon Hyoronsha, 2009)
The Possibility of Procedural Bifurcation and Defense Practice,” Practical System: Contemporary Criminal Defense 2, Contemporary Issues in Criminal Defense (Dai-ichi Hoki, 2013) (in Japanese).
The Death Penalty in Japan: Fairness, Ethics, and Constitutional Conformity,” in “Takehiko Sone and Morikazu Taguchi: Celebration of the 70th Birthday of Dr. Sone and Dr. Taguchi” (Seibundo, 2014) (in Japanese).
Prospects for ‘Criminal Staff Attorneys’: Considering the Strengthening of Criminal Defense Expertise with Reference to the City of San Francisco’s Public Defender System” (General Legal Support Series, No. 8, 2016)
On the Duty of Confidentiality of Judges – Its Genealogy and Reconstruction” (Gendai Nihon no Houkousei [Setsuo Miyazawa, Setsuo Miyazawa’s 70th birthday commemoration], Vol. 2, Shinzansha, 2017)
The Preservation of Evidence is Strange: Its Original Significance and Current Operation” (Constitutional Criminal Defense: The Practice of Takashi Takano, Attorney at Law, Nippon Hyoronsha, 2017)


I would like to do my very best for our clients and society together with the staff members of our firm who studied together at Waseda Law School.


Japanese, English