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Morris/Sussex Vicinage Welcomed First Visiting Japanese Judge

For the first time, the Morris/Sussex Vicinage judges, managers, and staff will welcomed a visiting Japanese judge, Takahiro Ogawa.

Ogawa visited the vicinage from April 15 to April 26 as part of the New Jersey Judiciary’s Japanese Judge Program.

“We are most pleased to host Judge Ogawa,” Assignment Judge Thomas L. Weisenbeck said before Ogawa’s arrival. “While the Japanese Judge Program has existed for more than 40 years, this is our vicinage’s first opportunity to host a Japanese judge. We look forward to providing Judge Ogawa with a most rewarding professional experience.”

The Japanese Judge Program began in 1972 as the result of the efforts of Edward B. McConnell, who was administrative director of the courts at the time, and the Supreme Court of Japan.

The program was designed to help Japan’s young judges, ages 25 to 30, gain broader insight into the administration of justice through comprehensive research in and exposure to foreign jurisdictions. The Supreme Court of Japan selects each year’s participant.

Judge Ogawa is the 43rd judge to participate in the program. He is from the Amagasaki Branch of the Kobe District and Family Court and was appointed to the bench in October 2005.

His primary focus is on civil practice and procedures, but he also is interested in learning about juvenile probation.

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