Nationality: Japan (Asia-Pacific States)
Term: 11 March 2018 - 10 March 2027
Assumed full-time duty: 11 June 2018
Elected from: List A on 8 December 2017
Assigned to: Pre-Trial Division
Current chamber: Trial Chamber X, Pre-Trial Chamber II
Judge as of 11 March 2018, for a term of nine years.
Prior to joining the ICC in 2018, Judge Akane served as Ambassador for the International Judicial Cooperation in charge of promoting international cooperation for the sound development of justice systems and as Public Prosecutor of the Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office of Japan.
Judge Akane was appointed as a Public Prosecutor in 1982 and has served in various Public Prosecutor's Offices in Japan from District Public Prosecutor's Offices to the Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office and other legal institutions. She has dealt with a broad range of criminal cases through investigation, prosecution, trial and appeal. She was also engaged in legislative activities including revision of the Juvenile Act of Japan as well as the education of prosecutors.
Through her responsibilities at the Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment Offenders (UNAFEI), a member institute of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programmes Network Institutes (PNI) and at the Research and Training Institute (RTI) of the Ministry of Justice of Japan, Judge Akane was involved in legal technical assistance and capacity building for legal and criminal justice practitioners including prosecutors and judges from other countries for more than 9 years.
In addition to her legal profession, she acquired experience in academia as Professor of Criminal Justice Practice at Nagoya University Law School and Chukyo University Law School from 2005 to 2009.