November 15, 1947 (age 68) Kakunodate, Akita, Japan (
Tohoku University, Department of Engineering, Precision Engineering
Norihisa Satake (佐竹 敬久, Satake Norihisa, born 15 November 1947) is a Japanese politician. A former two-term mayor of Akita City in Akita Prefecture, first elected in 2001, he is currently the Governor of Akita Prefecture after winning election on April 12, 2009. He is a native of Senboku, Akita, formerly known as Kakunodate Village in Senboku District, and a graduate of Tohoku University with a B.E. degree in Precision Engineering. He is a descendant of the North Satake branch of the Satake clan.
After graduating from Tohoku University in 1971, he joined the Akita Prefectural Office in 1972 and held a series of positions until 1997. In that year, he helped to establish the Regional Economic Research Council. Later in July 2001, he won his first of two elections for the post of Mayor of Akita City. During his time in office, he was also the chairman and vice-chairman of the National Mayors Association of Japan and the Governmental Select Committee on Taxation.
While still Mayor of Akita City, he became a candidate for Governor of Akita Prefecture in February 2009. Though being a political independent, he earned the support of the local Liberal Democratic Party Alliance and the Social Democratic Party Alliance in Akita Prefecture. He won election for the post over several other candidates on April 12, 2009.