Friday, September 5, 2008

Kazuko Yokoo to Resign from Supreme Court

"Former Social Insurance Agency (SIA) head Kazuko Yokoo, 67, has decided to retire from the Supreme Court bench, the court said Thursday, citing her length of service.

"Yokoo is quitting amid mounting calls for current and former senior SIA officials to take responsibility for the agency's mishandling of pension records.

"Nine Supreme Court justices have stepped down before the retirement age of 70, but few cited reasons other than health problems.

"Yokoo is the longest-serving Supreme Court justice among the current 15 members and only the second woman appointed to the top court."

By Asahi (9/5/2008), Link to article (last visited 9/5/2008)

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