Saburō Ōkita

Saburō Ōkita (大来 佐武郎 Ōkita Saburō) (3 November 1914 – 9 February 1993) was a Japanese economist and politician.

Saburō Ōkita
大来 佐武郎
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
8 November 1979  17 July 1980
Prime MinisterMasayoshi Ōhira,
Masayoshi Itō (Acting PM)
Preceded bySunao Sonoda
Succeeded byMasayoshi Itō
Personal details
Born(1914-11-03)3 November 1914
Dalian, Kwantung Leased Territory
Died9 February 1993(1993-02-09) (aged 78)
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Alma materNagoya University(Ph.D.)
Tokyo Imperial University(B.A.)

Early life and education

Ōkita was born in Dalian, Kwantung Leased Territory on 3 November 1914.[1] He graduated from Tokyo Imperial University.He earned a Ph.D from Nagoya University in 1962[2].


In 1937, Ōkita worked as an engineer with the Ministry of Posts. Later on he held numerous government positions, including chief of research for the Economic Stabilization Board in 1947, chief of the economic cooperation unit for the Economic Planning Agency in 1953 and later director general of their planning bureau in 1957, and then in 1963 the director general of the EPA development bureau. In each of these positions, he played an important role under the economic plan of then prime minister Hayato Ikeda, which greatly helped Japan's postwar economy. In 1964, Ōkita became the president of the Japan Center for Economic Research, and later served as its chairman from 1973 to 1979. From 1979 to 1980 he served as the Foreign Minister, and continued to be one of Japan's foremost academic spokesmen.[3] He subsequently held other positions including President Of International University of Japan and as an advisor to the ministry of foreign affairs in 1982, and in 1989, as chairman of the Institute for Domestic and Policy Studies in Tokyo. He served as the international chair of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council from 1986 to 1988.


He received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1971 for International Understanding. In 1985 he became a Companion of the Order of Australia, and in 1986 was made a Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.[4] He was also awarded the Indira Gandhi Prize in 1992.


  • The Future of Japan's Economy (1960)
  • Economic Planning (1962)
  • Future Vision for the Japanese Economy (1968)
  • Japan and the World Economy (1975)
  • Developing Economics and Japan: Lessons in Growth (1980)
  • Japan's Challenging Years: Reflections on My Lifetime (1983)


  1. "Okita, Saburo". Rulers. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  2. National Institute of Informatics
  3. "Okita Saburo." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2006.
  4. Saburo Okita, Senior Adviser to the Rector (1979). (URL accessed 17 July 2006).


Fengbo Zhang: Cherishing the memory of Saburo Okita

Political offices
Preceded by
Sunao Sonoda
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
Succeeded by
Masayoshi Itō
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