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.