Yuko Nakano is a fellow of Japan Chair and associate director of the U.S.-Japan Strategic Leadership Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Her research focuses on U.S.-Japan relations and legislative affairs. Until the fall of 2005, she worked in the CSIS Office of the Director of Studies, where she assisted the senior vice president and director of studies with projects on Asian security and launched the U.S.-Japan Strategic Leadership Program which brings together outside experts with Japanese Diet members for closed strategic discussions on current issues facing the U.S.-Japan alliance.
Prior to joining CSIS, she was an adjunct associate producer with NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation’s Washington, D.C. bureau. She also worked with a nongovernmental organization in Macedonia and Kosovo during the summer of 1999, where she was responsible for peacebuilding projects as a regional community service coordinator. She holds a B.A. in law from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, and an M.A. in international relations and international economics, with a concentration in strategic studies, from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).