Shiki Tomimasu


Born in Japan, Mr Tomimasu went to high school in the United States, and graduated from Stanford University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies, before returning to Japan to commence legal studies. He completed the judicial apprenticeship training program conducted by the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan in 2005, and was admitted to the Kyoto Bar Association in the same year.

He has a wide area of legal experience, but has gained a reputation in representing the rights of foreign citizens, and won particular acclaim for his role as the lead counsel successfully representing The Kyoto Korean Elementary School, which had been targeted by anti-Korean protestors shouting racist slogans. This was to be an important free hate speech test case that made its way to the Japanese Supreme Court, and was widely covered in the domestic and foreign press.

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