Naoko Funatsu

    Research Fellow
    The Japan Institute of Internatinal Affairs (JIIA)

  • Naoko Funatsu joined the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) in November 2016 as a Research Fellow for American politics, US foreign relations, and Japan-US relations. Her professional career includes two years at the Washington, DC office of the East-West Center (EWC), a non-profit research and education organization funded by the US Congress to improve US-Asia relations, and a summer spent as a graduate intern at the Hudson Institute, a non-partisan policy research organization in the United States. In these capacities, she conducted research and analysis of Japan-US relations and coordinated administrative and logistical matters for the organizations. She also gained extensive professional experiences, including research on American politics and economy, in Tokyo at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the Japanese governmental trade and investment promotion agency, before going to the US to pursue her graduate degree. She earned her Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) from Georgetown University and her BA in Foreign Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
  • She is a member of the Japanese Association for American Studies.