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Introducing profile of Mori Masako with 8 slides.

Childhood

When I was 12, my father lost property and our family was in debt.
My parents worked from early morning to late night, but the amount was not enough to repay the debt, and my life started being scared by collection. I was afraid to even leave home, and I tended to leave school.
Then two heroes appeared before us. The first was my homeroom teacher. Since I didn't come to school, he cared for me and came to my house many times. He continued to say words that encouraged me.
The other was a lawyer. Thanks to people who knew our plight and stood up with the trader for free, the collection never came again. I thought at this time.
"Next time I want to help someone in need. I'll definitely be a lawyer!"

School days

Despite the end of collection, it was difficult for me to go to high school in my home situation, and I was giving up my dream of becoming a lawyer.
At such time, my homeroom teacher gave me a helping hand again. He told me that depending on my financial situation and grades, admission fees and tuition fees were exempted and scholarships were available. Since I heard that, I started to find spare time, studied hard and finally, I was able to go to high school. In high school, I gave up on tennis which I really wanted to play, and instead of doing so I spent three years working part-time as a tutor. When I became a third grader, I thought again about my future career, but my desire to be a hero (lawyer) who saved us from living below subsistence level was still unchanged, so I decided to take the exams of Tohoku University Faculty of Law, pushing the opposition of my school teacher. I kept working part-time every day while I was studying in University. While working at the prep school for the bar exam, I continued my studies, passed the bar exam on my fifth challenge, and made my dream true of becoming a lawyer.

Lawyer

There are many areas that lawyers deal with, but I chose consumer defense without hesitation. Consumer defense helped the poor, so people who engage in those areas were not able to get enough attorney fees and there were not enough people. Even though, the problems that the people who were in trouble had didn’t seem like they were someone else’s problem. As I gained experience, my name became known in the narrow world of consumer lawyers.
Around the third year of my lawyer, I received a recommendation for the study abroad system created by JFBA and went to the United States to study with my child. My daughter was only two months old. During my study αt the United States I witnessed a system for the relief of victims. They did not exist yet in Japan, so I returned to Japan with the ambition to create a government agency with a clear philosophy of "consumer protection" . After that, I continued to work as a lawyer, and my second child was born. When I moved abroad for the second time as an attendant of my husband’s overseas assignment, I paused my work as a lawyer and became a full-time housewife.

Financial Services Agency

During my two years stay in the United States with my family, I had been thinking of what I should do now. Of course, my position to protect the vulnerable had not changed. However, just only solving individual cases as a lawyer will only make a slight change and similar cases might occur later. Isn’t it able to overturn the ground up so that we can change the society, in which criminals can take the initiative? My answer to that was to stand in the position of people who can make the law. I started to think of going to Financial Services Agency so that I could work on the legislation related to financial damage prevention. I was appointed with the Financial Services Agency, and was in charge of legal development related to the Money Lending Business Law. It was the matter of preserving the gray zone interest rates that we had suffered from. After joining the agency, I struggled to reform the law while hitting various walls. We made many efforts for the revision of the law. Social gathering for law revision were usually held only five to six times, but I hold it about 19 times and also conducted overseas surveys alone. At last the efforts were rewarded, and the bill that radically amended the Money Industry Regulation Law was renamed as the Money Lending Business Law. It was unanimously approved at the plenary session of the House of Representatives. At this time, I felt like I had finally fulfilled my long-standing homework.

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