Kyodo News InternationalMarch 7, 2014 01:20
The government formally chose Supreme Court Justice Itsuro Terada on Friday as the successor to Chief Justice Hironobu Takesaki, who is retiring at the end of this month.
Terada, 66, will be the 18th chief justice and the first chief justice whose parent has also been in the top judicial position. His father, Jiro Terada, was the nation's 10th chief justice.
Takesaki, 69, became chief justice in November 2008. His term was to run through July 7, but the government has said he is retiring sooner for health reasons.