Tomoko Sasaki

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Tomoko Sasaki
Flag of Japan.svg Member of the House of Councillors
In office
July 1998 July 2004
Personal details
Born (1955-03-02) March 2, 1955 (age 65)
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater Kobe University

Tomoko Sasaki (佐々木 知子, Sasaki Tomoko, born 2 March 1955) is a Japanese lawyer, politician, novelist and former prosecutor.


She became a prosecutor in 1983, and worked at the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders from 1993 to 1996. [1]

Elected to the House of Councillors in 1998, Sasaki was engaged in introducing the Stalker Regulation Law of 2000. [2] She served as the director of the Women's Affairs Division of the Liberal Democratic Party. [3] She did not run for the election in 2004, but remains a member of the Party Ethics Committee of the LDP. [2] [4] She is a leading advocate of capital punishment in the party. [5]

She set up a law firm in 2004 and became a professor of law at Teikyo University in 2005. [1]

As a novelist

Sasaki has written some mystery novels under the pen name of Rei Matsuki (松木 麗, Matsuki Rei). [2] She won the Seishi Yokomizo Prize for Koibumi in 1992. [2]

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