AKIRA KURIMOTO is Professor of Institute for Solidarity-based Society at Hosei University, Tokyo.

He served as Chair of the ICA (International Co-operative Alliance) Research Committee (2001-2005). He is Chair of the ICA Asia-Pacific Research Committee and the member of Steering Committee of the World Co-operative Monitor. His main discipline is legal science and his major research interests include co-operative laws, co-operative history, corporate governance, food supply chain, health and social care co-operatives and the social economy.