|Anime||Naruto Episode #216|
|Appears in||Anime, Manga|
Jōseki (ジョウセキ, Jōseki) is a Senior from Sunagakure.
With the village believing Gaara, the jinchūriki of the One-Tail Shukaku was a failure, Jōseki noted that they needed to depend on the Fourth's development of new techniques and the trading of gold to keep their economy from crumbling. After making this announcement, he noted that they needed to deal with Gaara as well.
As a member of the village's council, his main concern is that the village maintains peace and stability. He is also one of the few people to not accept Gaara, seeing him as nothing more than a container of Shukaku. Even when Gaara was captured by Akatsuki, he disagreed that Gaara be rescued and suggested a new Kazekage be appointed.
Jōseki's face was noticeably lined with deep tear troughs and ones running parallel to his nose. Attire wise he wore the standard uniform of the Sunagakure Seniors along with a turban.
As a member of the advisory council, he is most likely one of Sunagakure's wisest shinobi.
Ultimate Weapon Arc
Jōseki was present alongside the other councillors and Baki to discuss about the Four Celestial Symbols Men who invaded Sunagakure. They decided to send the Sand Siblings to deal with them and rescue Matsuri. However, it was ultimately part of his plan to lead Gaara right into the enemy so that he is no longer a threat to the village.
Kazekage Rescue Arc
When the Fifth Kazekage was abducted by Akatsuki, his foremost concern that the peacefulness within the village be maintained. He wasn't comfortable with Gaara's appointment to Kazekage from the beginning, seeing him as little more than a failed and highly dangerous experiment. When the Kazekage was kidnapped by the Akatsuki, he mused that it might have been for the best and wanted to quickly elect a new Kazekage.
- His name can mean "seniority" (上席), "castle ruins" (城跡), or "play by the book" (定石).