Naoki Satō (Jurist)

Naoki Satō (born January 8, 1951[1]) is a modern-day commentator and professor emeritus at the Kyushu Institute of Technology. His areas of study include Criminal Law (Criminal Responsibility) and Sekengaku. He is a member of the Japan Writers' Association.


  • 1951 Born in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture.
  • 1978 Graduated from the Faculty of Humanities, Department of Law, Niigata University.
  • 1981 Graduated from the Graduate School of Law (Master’s Course), Niigata University.
  • 1984 Withdrawal without Degree after completing the coursework of the Civil Criminal Law Doctoral Program, Graduate School of Law, Kyushu University
  • 1984-1986 Assistant, Graduate School of Law, Kyushu University
  • 1987-1992 Associate Professor, Fukuoka Junior College of Social Work and Child Education
  • 1991 Visiting Scholar, Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • 1992-1996 Associate Professor, School of Human and Social Sciences, Fukuoka Prefectural University
  • 1996-2008 Professor, Department of Computer Sciences, Kyushu Institute of Technology
  • 1999 First Executive Secretary and founding member of the Japanese Sekengaku Society
  • 2008-2014 Professor of Humanities, Graduate School of Computer Sciences, Kyushu Institute of Technology
  • December 1, 2010 onwards, wrote for the morning edition of the column "Sekai no Mikata?! " of the Nishinippon Shimbun until the end of February 2011; and has contributed to the intermittent serial "Kakuji Kakuron" for the Hokkaido Shimbun Press.
  • 2014 Professor Emeritus at Kyushu Institute of Technology.


  • "Criminal Law as a Communal Fantasy" (Hakujunsha, 1989)
  • "Criminal Law—General Remarks (For Beginners Series, Original Illustrated Edition)" Illustrated by Kyohei Hasegawa (Gendai Shokan, 1991)
  • "Liability of Adults, Liability of Children: Phenomenology of Criminal Liability" (Seikyūsha, 1993)
  • “The Future of ‘Liability’—Can Criminal Law Catch Up with the System?" (Seikyūsha, 1995)
  • "Liability of Adults, Liability of Children: Phenomenology of Criminal Liability: Extended Edition" (Seikyūsha, 1998)
  • "Sleepless Thoughts at the End of the Line: Wonderful Memories and Phenomenology in Edinburgh" (Hakujunsha, 2000)
  • "Phenomenology of Society" (Seikyūsha, 2001)
  • "Spotlight—Why no one across the world is purely a Demon" (Kōbunsha, 2004)
  • "Article 39 of the Penal Code is Already Unnecessary" (Seikyūsha, 2006)
  • "‘Society’ Out of Control: An Analysis of Social Laws" (Mokusei Sōsho) (Basil, 2008)
  • "‘Society’ Out of Control: Ways of Staying Alive" (Kodansha+α Shinsho, 2009)
  • "Why Japanese People Apologize Immediately: A Social Discourse on ‘Forgiveness’ and ‘Removal" (PHP Shinsho, 2011)
  • "Why Japanese People Want to Lie Down—Families Sensing the Situations" (Shunjūsha, 2013)
  • "Global Studies of Crime—Why is no looting and rioting in Japan?” (Seikyūsha, 2015)
  • "Human Relations of Society seen from the Corner of the Eye" (Kodansha+α 2017)


  • "Our Discourse on Crime: Crosstalk—A New Book Deconstructing Criminal Jurisprudence" (Hakujunsha, 1993) (Editor)


  • H Daalder / E Shils (Translated by Fujisaki Chieko et al.) “Universities, Politicians, and Bureaucrats: Europe and the United States” (Gendai Shokan, 1990) (Joint Translation)
  • D. Garland / P. Young, (Translated by Hiroshi Onozaka et al.) "Power to Punish" (Nishimura Publishing Company, 1986) (Joint Translation)


  • Shiten Ronten (NHK Educational Television) July 16, 2004
  • Weekly Critique on Fuji Television (Fuji TV) October 30, 2004
  • Shukan Enter (Cultural Broadcasting) May 30, 2011
  • George Potman's Heiseishi (TV Tokyo) March 17, 2012
  • Today's Closeup (NHK TV) October 8, 2013
  • Monthly Uwa Talkshow (MBS Radio) January 16, 2015
  • Tokoro-san no Nippon no Deban (TBS TV) February 17, 2015
  • Asa Desu (KBC Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting) February 16, 2016
  • Bebop! High Heels (Asahi Broadcasting) August 18, 2016
  • TIMELINE (Tokyo FM) December 4, 2017
  • Kazumi Saito Newswide SAKIDORI! (Cultural Broadcasting) May 27, 2018
  • Shinsetsu! TOKORO JAPAN (Kansai TV) December 10, 2018
  • Kunimaru JAPAN (Cultural Broadcasting) April 4, 2019
  • Kazumi Saito Newswide SAKIDORI! (Cultural Broadcasting) May 14, 2019


  1. ^ "Yomiuri Yearbook 2016 edition" (Yomiuri Newspaper Tokyo Head Office, 2016) p. 319

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