Akira was born and grew up in Japan. He completed his B.Sc. in 2008 and his M.Sc. in 2010 at Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he had studied organometallic chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Takao Ikariya. He developed synthesis of chiral 2-aminoethanethiols and their organometallic complexes. He then joined Asahi Kasei Corporation and had worked on several projects for developing new materials. Akira has started his research in the group of Prof. Craig Hawker since September 2016 as a visiting researcher.