Dr. Akira Nakamura, Professor Emeritus at Meiji University, Japan, received the Raul P. de Guzman (RPG) Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Administration during the Closing Ceremonies of the 2017 EROPA General Assembly and Conference in Seoul, Korea.
Considered as one of the "leading lights" of EROPA, Dr. Nakamura is also the Chair of the EROPA Revitalization Committee and a member of the Editorial Board of the Asian Review of Public Administration. He is also an adviser of the EROPA Local Government Center. In 2010, Dr. Nakamura, with Dr. Pan Suk Kim of Yonsei University, Korea, launched the Asian Leadership Forum (ALF), which serves as a platform for high-ranking officials and policymakers to discuss developments, issues, and insights in public administration. He has chaired eight ALF sessions since then.
A renowned expert in crisis management, political science, and public administration, Dr. Nakamura has been awarded many times for his academic and practical contributions to these fields. He was awarded the Sakurada Kai Sho by the Sakurada Association in 1984 for his renowned publication and research work in political science. In 2006, he was awarded the Medal of Contributions by the Kingdom of Malaysia, earning him the title, Johan Mangkok Nagara (The Most Outstanding Defender of the Realm). He was also awarded an Honor of Contributions to International Cooperation in 2008 for his work with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Dr. Nakamura remains active in his career as an academician and administrator in various academic institutions and government ministries. He was Chair of the Department of Political Science Vice President of Meiji University from 2006-2008, and Dean of Graduate School in the same university from 2002-2008. He is Visiting Professor at the Graduate Research Institute of Policy Studies (GRIPS) since 2009. He is also Adjunct Professor at Local Autonomy College, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan, since 1998.
Aside from this, Dr. Nakamura is affiliated with a number of professional organizations in public administration, such as the International Institute of Administrative Sciences, the Asian Association for Public Administration, Japan Association of the Study of Civil Society, and the Japanese Society of Crisis Management. He is member of the International Advisory Board of the Public Administration Review.
The Raul P. de Guzman Award was initiated by EROPA in 2014 to honor members of the Organization who have significantly contributed to the study and practice of public administration. Dr. Roger Wettenhall of the University of Canberra, Australia, formerly Associate Editor of ARPA and member of the EROPA Revitalization Committee, was the first RPG Awardee.