Japanese Federation of Bar Associations Visiting Fellows Program

The Sho Sato Program in Japanese and U.S. Law established an exchange program in 1999 with the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) to give Japanese attorneys engaged in public-interest activities the opportunity to spend a one-year residence of study and research at UC Berkeley. Former fellows have explored the topics of criminal law and criminal procedure in the United States; human rights protection; the cooperative relationship between private assistance organizations and lawyers for crime victims; attorney advocacy and issues of mental health care and assistance for crime victims; the practice of information disclosure; and the theory and practice of privacy.

The JFBA also has exchange agreements with New York University and the University of Illinois.

In May 2010, the Sho Sato Program and the JFBA held an invitational conference in Tokyo, Japan to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the JFBA Visiting Fellow Program.  To learn more about the conference, click here.


Yumi Itakura
The Employment and Labor Law System for Gender Equality in the United States

Hideki Wakai
The State of Biodiversity Conservation in the United States, with a Focus on the Effectiveness and Legal Framework of Biodiversity Offset and Its Possible Application in Japan

Suhyon Kim
The US Immigration System:  Legalizing the Stay of Undocumented Migrants in the United States

Takeshi Nakamura
The Eradication of Organized Crime in the United States and an Examination of the Witness Protection Program

Yorinobu Kunimoto
The Rights of Sick and Injured Children in Medical Institutions

Chiemi Nakajima
Treatment and Rehabilitation Countermeasures for Juvenile Crime in the United States

Yoko Kobayashi
The Cooperative Relationship Between Private Assistance Organizations and Lawyers for Crime Victims; and Attorney Advocacy and Issues of Mental Health Care Assistance for Crime Victims

Junichiro Makita
Information Disclosure and Privacy in the United States

Hiroko Yuhara
Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure in the United States

Mika Matusmoto
Challenges to Legal Services Delivery in Rural California

Mayumi Ikawa
Countermeasures against Organized Crime in the United States

Tomoko Ikenaga
A Comparison of Legal Aid in Japan and the United States

Hiroshi Kawatsu
Trial Advocacy for Saiban-in System

Masayuki Honda
Judicial Assistance to Developing Countries and Legal Clinic

Azusa Shidara
Training of Defense Lawyer in Japan