|10th Mayor of Setagaya|
|Assumed office |
April 27, 2011
|Preceded by||Noriyuki Kumamoto|
|Member of the House of Representatives|
October 20, 1996 – October 10, 2003
September 12, 2005 – July 21, 2009
|Born||November 26, 1955|
|Political party||Independent (formerly of Social Democratic Party)|
Nobuto Hosaka (保坂 展人, Hosaka Nobuto) (born November 26, 1955) is a Japanese politician and the current mayor of Setagaya in Tokyo. In addition, he 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 Daiichi 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 held 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.