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Top>HAKUMON Chuo [2014 summer Issue]>Japan’s first female President of the National Personnel Authority Chuo University alumna Nahomi Ichimiya

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Japan’s first female President of the National Personnel Authority
Chuo University alumna Nahomi Ichimiya

On April 12th, Nahomi Ichimiya was appointed as the 12th President of the National Personnel Authority, an agency which handles personnel management for national public servants. President Ichimiya graduated from the Chuo University Faculty of Law in 1971.

The President of the National Personnel Authority is selected by the Cabinet from 3 commissioners who were appointed with approval from both houses of the Diet. On April 14th, Ichimiya was issued a letter of appointment from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Some people see the appointment in the context of Abe’s policy of advancing the employment of women as part of his economic growth strategy. “I have never given any special thought to being a woman,” said Ichimiya when addressing the media at the press conference for her appointment. “I believe that my past body of work led to my appointment. Of course, I am overjoyed if my appointment serves to motivate younger generations of women. There is a great meaning in entrusting important posts to women who display high ability.”

After graduating from Chuo University, Ichimiya became a legal apprentice in 1972. She was appointed as an assistant judge in 1974. After holding positions including the first Director of the Training and Research Institute for Court Officials, the President of the Mito District Court, and Head Justice of the Tokyo High Court, she was appointed as Chief Justice of the Sendai High Court. Ichimiya was only the second woman to become a Chief Justice of a High Court. She has served as Commissioner at the National Personnel Authority since last June.

While serving as a judge, Ichimiya established a conference for medical institutions and courts. She worked to promote proceedings related to legal lawsuits. Ichimiya was also involved in cultivating judicial officials and legal professionals, as well as fostering their abilities. In the future, she will use her experience in raising children to create an environment in which national public servants can work actively with pride and a sense of purpose.

■70% of respondents say that women must play an active role in society
According to a survey conducted by Nippon Life Insurance Company in March, 72.4% of all respondents responded that it is “important” for women to play an active role in society as promoted in the Abe administration’s growth strategy for the Japanese economy. At 58.2%, the majority of people responded that the “ability and experience of women” is the most important element for women to perform in society. The next most prevalent answer was the “awareness and attitude of women.” In addition to the establishment of a workplace which offers opportunities to women, the survey shows that society looks forward to further effort by women.