Professor Kazuo Hiramatsu, School of Business Administration becomes president of IAAER

Public Relations Office        February 20, 2013



On February 14, Professor Kazuo Hiramatsu, School of Business Administration became president of the International Association for Accounting Education and Research (IAAER). Its membership includes 19 accounting associations, 64 universities and colleges, and 22 accounting professional bodies from around the world. Professor Hiramatsu is the organization’s first Asian president and his term of office is two years. Established 29 years ago in 1984, IAAER has about 2,500 individual members, and its organizational membership covers approximately one million individuals worldwide.

Professor Hiramatsu has made efforts to achieve international convergence of accounting standards and promote adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), which have become a major challenge in this era of globalization. He has studied what Japan should do to improve its accounting system as well as its accounting research and education in an increasingly globalized world. He has also strived to establish collaborative relationships among research and educational institutions of accounting across the world. This contribution has been highly appreciated, which led him to being elected to the post of president of IAAER.

Professor Hiramatsu has held various posts in the past, including: president of the Japan Accounting Association; vice president of the American Accounting Association; president of the Japanese Association for International Accounting Studies; member of the Certified Public Accountants and Auditing Oversight Board; member of the Business Accounting Deliberation Council of Japan’s Financial Services Agency; international council member of the Korea Accounting Standards Board; and president of Kwansei Gakuin University (2002-2007). He has been a member of the Science Council of Japan, and currently holds various posts, such as a board member of the Accounting Standards Board of Japan, and chair of the IFRS Foundation’s translation review committee.

“I would like to contribute to the development of globally competent accounting human resources not only in Japan, but also in emerging and developing countries whose economies are not adjusting well to globalization. I would also like to contribute to the promotion of sound accounting practices by supporting studies useful in improving accounting systems throughout the world,” said Professor Hiramatsu of his future aspirations.