|Member of the House of Representatives|
October 20, 1996 – October 10, 2003
September 12, 2005 – July 21, 2009
|10th Mayor of Setagaya, Tokyo|
April 27, 2011
|Preceded by||Noriyuki Kumamoto|
November 26, 1955 |
Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
|Political party||Independent (formerly of Social Democratic Party)|
Nobuto Hosaka (保坂 展人 Hosaka Nobuto) is a Japanese politician. He currently is the mayor of Setagaya, Tokyo, and was a member of the House of Representatives for the Social Democratic Party until July 21, 2009.
Hosaka campaigned and won the mayor’s job on an anti-nuclear platform in April 2011, just over a month after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. According to the Wall Street Journal, Hosaka "is determined to turn this city ward of 840,000 people, the largest in Tokyo, into the front-runner of a movement that will put an end to Japan’s reliance on atomic power and accelerate the use of renewable energy".
Hosaka opposes the death penalty, and holds the position of secretary general of the Parliamentary League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. He is also highly critical of continued Japanese moral panic against the Otaku subculture in the nation, with one notable case of criticism displayed against public and media related assumptions and gossip surrounding the incidents of November 17, 2004, when Kaoru Kobayashi murdered a 7-year-old girl.
- George Nishiyama (February 6, 2012). "Anti-Nuclear Tokyo Mayor Challenges Big Utilities". Wall Street Journal.
- "Anti-nuclear plant candidate Hosaka wins Setagaya Ward mayoral race". The Mainichi Daily News. 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2011-05-09.
- "Death row: limbo of not knowing when". The Japan Times. 2007-02-27. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
- "Japan's way of judicial killing". The Japan Times. 2007-04-08. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
- "Otaku harassed as sex-crime fears mount". The Japan Times. 2005-02-06. Retrieved 2008-06-01.[dead link]
- 東京プライドパレード、福島さんと歩きました - 保坂展人のどこどこ日記 His official blog(Japanese)
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