After years of entertaining the idea, Yasushi Ozaki's decision to pursue a career as a lawyer hinged on one overriding factor — the sudden death of his younger brother, popular singer-songwriter Yutaka Ozaki.

Yasushi, 62, who this spring became the new president of the Saitama Bar Association, says speaking out against injustice was what his brother did as a matter of course. Yutaka would often question what he felt was unfair or wrong in society through his songs.

Nowadays, Yasushi says he tends to his duties and fights for social justice with the same zeal, carrying with him the memory of his brother's adolescent longing for a fairer world.