Today, there is a general consensus that this is “the Century of Asia.” Accordingly, there is a need for enhancing the ability of judicial and legal professionals to cope with the trends toward internationalisation and globalisation. However, activities towards this goal remain inadequate; we must shift to a higher gear to accelerate such efforts.
We must aim for more than a successful 30th LAWASIA Conference – Tokyo 2017. More importantly, the conference should trigger actions toward enhancing judicial systems in Asian-Pacific countries and strengthening efforts to deal with international human rights and legal issues. The conference should set the stage for the legal communities to make great progress and leave a solid legacy for future generations.
Specifically, legal professionals in the Asia-Pacific region need to largely expand the networks with legal communities around the world, enhance both the quality and quantity of domestic and international legal services, and train personnel with the ability to act globally. Of course, Japanese legal professionals, too, are determined to contribute to these purposes.
In the light of such changes and demands, this conference is highly important and signs of a new era have been seen even at the preparatory stage. The Organising Committee has many active young members.
I am confident that a successful 30th LAWASIA Conference – Tokyo 2017 will spread the energies of young lawyers and serve as the driving force to facilitate the activities of international legal communities including LAWASIA in the Asia-Pacific region. At the same time, senior lawyers with their wisdom gained through years of professional experience will help young lawyers make more meaningful contributions.
I hope that legal professionals will open up new possibilities, whether by acting alone or in partnership with others, and work hard to offer more opportunities to future leaders, while remaining respectful to the early pioneers.
Now is the time to change.
I would like to offer my deepest gratitude for your support, both physical and mental. I greatly look forward to the positive participation of many young lawyers in the preparations for the 30th LAWASIA Conference – Tokyo 2017 and to your attendance at the conference in September.
I conclude by expressing my sincere hope that legal communities will maintain high aspirations and work hard to achieve them, with a clear vision of the world in the new era and recognising the necessity of strengthening the roles and functions of legal professionals.
Chairperson, Organising Committee of Japan