Professor, Faculty of Letters, Chuo University
Areas of Specialization: Public administration, Theories of local governance
Professor Sasaki was born in 1948. He earned a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Political Science, Waseda University and a doctor of law from Keio University. Sasaki worked for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government for sixteen years before being hired on as a professor at Seigakuin University in 1989, and a professor at Chuo University in 1994. He served as a visiting researcher at the University of California (UCLA) in 2000, and has served as a professor in both the Graduate School of Economics and the Faculty of Economics at Chuo University since 2001. He specializes in the areas of public administration, local self-government, and urban government administration. He has served on the Japanese government’s 31st Local Government System Research Council. He concurrently serves as a member of the Science Council of Japan (in the field of political science), and as a special advisor to the Osaka City and Osaka Prefectural governments.
His publications include Aging Tokyo [Oiru Tokyo]
(Kadokawa Shinsho, March 2017), Tokyo’s Big Problem [Tokyo no Daimondai]
(MyNavi Shinsho, December 2016), The Governor of Tokyo: Power and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government [Tochiji—Kenryoku to Tosei]
(Chuko Shinsho, January 2017), Tokyo Metropolitan Government [Tokyo tosei]
(February 2003), The Tokyo Government Office: A Second Administration [Tochō—Mou Hitotsu no Seifu]
(February 1991), and more. His The United States of Japan [Nippon Gasshūkoku]
is scheduled to be published in March of next year. Professor Sasaki has received the NHK Local Broadcast Cultural Award and the Japan Society for Urbanology Prize. He is also frequently invited to speak on television and radio programs, provide press commentary, and give local lectures.