Nobuo Sasaki was born in 1948. He graduated from the Graduate School of Political Science at Waseda University, and earned his Ph.D. in law at Keio University. He worked at the Tokyo Government Office for 16 years, and in 1989 became a professor at Seigakuin University, and then taught at Chuo University as a professor from 1994 to 2018. During this time, he worked as a visiting researcher at the University of California, then taught as a lecturer at Keio University, Meiji University, Nihon University, and Saitama University, and as a guest professor at Seigakuin University. He was a member of the 31st Local Government System Research Council, a member of the 22nd and 23rd Science Council of Japan, and a special advisor to the Osaka prefectural and municipal governments.
He is currently a professor emeritus at Chuo University, board chairman of the Nihon Kunizukuri Kenkyujo (the Japan Nation Building Research Institute), a special advisor to the Osaka prefectural and municipal governments, a visiting professor at Taiju Soken, and a guest professor at the Graduate School of Project Design.
Among his many publications are Oiru Tokyo (Aging Tokyo), Aratana Nihon no Katachi (The Shape of a New Japan), Chiho Giin no Gyakushu (The Revenge of the Local Representatives), Tocho (Tokyo Government Office), Doshusei (Administrative Reform Proposal), and Shichoson Gappei (Municipal Mergers). A new publication titled Kono Kuni no Tatamikata (How to Reform this Country) is coming soon.