Rosario Laratta is an associate professor of social policy at the School of Governance Studies and the School of Global Governance, Meiji University, Tokyo, & an adjunct faculty at the iCLA (Yamanashi Gakuin University), ICU (International Christian University), Sophia University, Temple University, and recently Toyo University. Before his current appointments, he worked four years for the University of Tokyo. He earned a Postdoctorate in Politics from the University of Tokyo, a PhD and MA in Political Sociology from Warwick University (UK), a MA in Public Policy from Bocconi University, and a BA in Political Science from Calabria University. He is the author of many books such as “Nonprofit Organizations in England and Japan” (2012) and “Empirical Policy Research” (2013), and editor of “Social Welfare” (2012), \"Social Enterprise\" (2016), and \"An Analysis of Contemporary Social Welfare Issues\" (2016). He has also published over hundred articles, most of which are peer-reviewed papers on leading international journals, such as “Hand in Hand or Under the Thumb?” (Cambridge Journal of Social Policy and Society), “From Welfare State to Welfare Society” (International Journal of Social Welfare), and ““Ethical Climate and Accountability in Nonprofits: a comparative study between Japan and U.K” (Public Management Review). He currently acts as a regular reviewer for fifteen peer-reviewed international journals and as advisory board member for some of those. He is also member of a number of academic associations in Japan and abroad.