Kazuo Tanaka

President and CEO
GK Design Group Inc.


Kazuo Tanaka graduated in 1983 from the National Tokyo University of the Arts, majored in Industrial Design.

He is the President and CEO of GK Design Group Inc., a comprehensive freelance design office in Japan founded in 1952.

Mr. Tanaka has served as the President of the Japan Industrial Designers Association (JIDA) since 2013. He was elected as a Member of the Board of Directors of the World Design Organization (WDO) in 2007 and represents Japan as a WDO Regional Advisor. He is a Good Design Ambassador (Australia), Red Dot Ambassador (Germany), Doctor of Letters, Ajeenkya DY Patil University (India), and involved in many other international design programs.

Mr. Tanaka also has been serving as a Good Design Fellow of the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). He also has been involved as a Juror in many design promotion activities in and out of Japan including the Good Design Award (Japan), Red Dot Design Award (Germany), Good Design Awards (Australia).