Kazuaki (Aki) Okabe

Jounalist/writer/researcher. He was professor and dean at Faculty of Business Administration of Aichi Toho University in Nagoya, Japan, from April 2001 to March 2013. Specialized in comparative civil society governance around the world, he wrote 7 books in Japanese.

Born and rased in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, he graduated from Faculty of Literature of Meiji University in Tokyo (B. A., western history, 1974) and the University of California at Berkeley (B. S., Conservation of Natural Resources, 1979).  After briefly working with PREC Institute, an environmental research institute in Tokyo, he worked as a free-lance journalist based in Tokyo and San Francisco for 20 years. He covered various social issues in the United States, including nonprofit organization and volunteer activities, social and economic impact of the Internet revolution, and multinational/multicultural society. His sixth book, *From San Francisco: Social Change NPOs* (Ochanomizu Shobo, 2000), received 2001 Research Award from Japan Consumer Cooperative Institute. The book introduced advocacy nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area, which uniquely present a combination of social activism of the area and the innovative entrepreneurship of Silicon Valley. Beside writing, he widely speaks and consults for  nonprofit audiences/clients. In the 1990s, he organized more than 20 exchange tours for Japanese nonprofit leaders to learn from the American nonprofit sector, as well as three lecture series in Japan inviting American nonprofit experts.

In 2001, he became an associate professor at newly-established Aichi Toho University in Nagoya, Japan. He was promoted to professor in 2009 and Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration in 2010. He taught classes such as nonprofit organization, Internet society, cross-cultural communication, English, and seminar classes. Utilizing his cross-cultural expertise and experiences, he played a head role in organizing international exchange programs at the university. Retired in March 2013, he now focuses on civil societies in Asia. See his webpages (in Japanese) for further details. http://www5d.biglobe.ne.jp/~okabe/