Kazuo Tanaka studied industrial design at the Tokyo University of the Arts and graduated in 1983. He is President and CEO of GK Design Group Incorporated, a freelance design office in Japan which was established in 1952 by Kenji Ekuan.
In 2013, Kazuo Tanaka has been elected President of the Japan Industrial Designers Association. Six years before, he became member of the Board of Directors of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design and has been active, also as regional adviser, in many international programs. Tanaka has also been serving as Deputy Chairperson of the China International Design Industry Union, and as board member of the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.