We make it a point to recruit staff with a diverse background of cultures, values, expertise, and languages. Many were educated at prestigious institutions in & out side of the U.S. and command multiple languages. We are proud of our diversified team which allows us to address issues & challenges creatively from different perspectives and offer more holistic and viable solution. Under the two CEOs, we have senior leaders who manage project teams and communicate with their clients on a daily basis. We are go-getters and tackle with client challenges professionally and enthusiastically.


Chiyo Kobayashi, Co-CEO

Chiyo Kobayashi is a top advisor to a variety of organizations across the Pacific. She is a frequent contributor to Japanese publications and journals, including the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan’s premier economic newspaper. She is a sought-after speaker on global policy, business and technology issues, and has given seminars throughout Japan, the U.S., and Europe. Prior to establishing Washington CORE, Chiyo was a business consultant for General Electric, where she helped forge an innovative joint venture. She earned her M.A. in political science from the University of Virginia, and attended Tsuda College in Tokyo. Chiyo is currently a trustee of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC, and former board of directors member at the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C.

Kiyoshi Nakasaka, Co-CEO

Kiyoshi Nakasaka is a policy & business strategist, and advises top executives & officials in a variety of business and policy areas. He has played key roles in establishing successful alliances and partnership among U.S., European and Japanese firms and organizations and has led numerous business & policy missions around the globe. He is a member of several professional associations and boards including a member of the Advisory Council at the University of Minnesota, and a member of the Advisory Council at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) in Washington, DC. Prior to establishing Washington CORE, Kiyoshi was a staff member at a leading policy & lobbying shop in Washington, DC. He earned an M.A. in public policy from the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a B.A. from Sophia University in Tokyo while he studied at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Keiko Mori, Senior Vice President

Keiko Mori manages technology, market and policy research projects. With her substantial background in ICT areas, she has successfully executed highly complex projects spanning around the world. Keiko has been involved in several market entry strategy projects covering North & South American and Asia-Pacific technology markets. Keiko also has experience advising and facilitating international conferences, meetings and negotiations with high-ranking government officials. In addition to serving clients in public and private sectors in Japan, Keiko has led projects commissioned by US federal government agency and international organizations such as World Bank. She holds M.A. from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University and bachelor’s degree from Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan.

Aya Matsune, Vice President

Aya Matsune is Vice President at WCORE, who is responsible for managing research & consulting projects on energy & environment policies, regulations and business strategies. Her areas of consultancy include energy and environment policy/regulations in US, nuclear energy safety issues, climate change, energy market structures and innovation. She has over 15 years of experience in providing advises and intelligence to decision makers in both public and private sectors. She has coordinated many international delegations from the Cabinet Office of Japan, other government agencies and industry leaders for the dialogues among counterparts in U.S. and Europe on various energy issues. She has been also active in promoting the innovative energy/ environmental technologies in the global market. Over the years, Aya has built an extensive professional network among regulatory bodies, trade associations, utilities, and manufacturing industries in Japan, the U.S. and Europe, which she leverages to meet her clients’ needs. Aya holds M.B.A. from East Carolina University and Bachelor’s degree from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

Kazue Muroi, Assistant Vice President

Kazue Muroi manages research services, focusing on science & technology policy with quantitative and qualitative analysis. She has been a trusted advisor to numerous science agencies and governmental organizations, utilizing her wide range of expertise in innovation policy, industry competitiveness, R&D budgets, regional clusters & economic development, intellectual property rights, technology transfer, entrepreneurship & angel funding, and program evaluations. Kazue earned her M.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and graduated from Kyoto University with a B.A. in international affairs. She also studied French at University of Paris and University of Bourgogne in France.

Takahiro Hiraishi, Senior Project Manager

Takahiro Hiraishi leads the Media & Entertainment, IT/Communications Group. His group provides business intelligence and advisory services to traditional media, digital media, technology and communications industry clients. His clients include established media firm, agency, multi-channel operator, broadcaster, mobile operator, telecommunication providers, IT solutions providers, security-related firms. He is a frequent business reporter & lecturer covering major professional conferences and trade shows in the U.S. and Europe and has interviewed many industry professionals. Prior to Washington CORE, Takahiro worked for the U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese technology firm, and had a career as an account executive at a Japanese regional bank. He earned his B.S. in Economics from Kansai University, Osaka, Japan.

Nobuko Miyahara, Senior Project Manager

Nobuko Miyahara leads the Infrastructure and Public Policy Group which specializes in multi-country comparative research services. Her ability to analyze complex market & policy issues has been demonstrated in numerous projects sponsored by government agencies as well as high-technology trade associations. Nobuko is a seasoned policy & market trend watcher specializing in U.S. competitiveness, foreign trade & investment, information technology, and machinery on which she advises private study groups. Prior to joining Washington CORE, she worked in enterprise network service design & planning at NTT Comware Corporation of Japan. Nobuko holds M.A. in Arts Management from American University, and received a bachelor’s degree in law from Gakushuin University in Tokyo.

Barry Press, Senior Research Analyst

Barry Press is an experienced research consultant who has completed numerous interview-based research projects in the areas of ICT, energy & environment, infrastructure, national security and public policy since joining the firm in 1996. His recent clients include the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), energy services providers, telecommunications carriers and university research organizations. For his most recent study, he conducted a series of interviews with university and business startup consultants regarding a federal program to provide mentorship and training to university researchers who want to pursue entrepreneurship and stronger collaboration with industry. Barry received his M.A. from the School of International Service at American University and a B.A. from Dickinson College.

Toshihiro Tasaki, Project Manager

Toshihiro Tasaki works for the Energy and Environment Team as a Senior Research Analyst. He focuses on energy related policies and technologies projects. His recent projects include U.S. electric utility deregulation strategy analysis, clean coal technologies policy in the global market, current and future trends on cyber security programs and activities for critical infrastructure at electric utilities. He also contributes to a business consulting service to promote energy efficiency technologies in the US market, evaluating the current market overview and identifying potential partners. He had worked at the former Ministry of Construction, Government of Japan where he was in charge of international cooperation activities through assisting bilateral water management conferences, coordinating international programs with third nations, etc. He has a MA in International Relations from California State University at Fresno.

Chris Wood, Senior Research Analyst

Chris Wood is a research consultant and an experienced moderator for international workshops and conferences. Since 2008, he has contributed to numerous studies and consulting projects on issues ranging from emerging information technology solutions to government trade policies to the business philosophy of leading global corporations. In recent years he has worked on several international projects, including some sponsored by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Chris travels extensively to support his clients and has organized and spoken at international workshops in China, Peru, and Indonesia. Chris is fluent in Japanese, and holds an M.B.A. in Marketing and International Management from Indiana University and a Bachelor‘s degree in East Asian studies from Wittenberg University.

Nanako Hisamichi, Project Manager

Nanako Hisamichi is a Project Manager specializing in energy & environmental issues at Washington CORE. Her expertise includes energy and environment policies & regulations in the U.S. and Europe, energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions, nuclear energy, utility business strategies, and emerging technologies. She provides consulting services and in-depth analysis to assist government, utility, and R&D organizations in making informed decisions on the development of policy and business strategies. Her most recent projects include demand assessment of energy efficient technology in the U.S. commercial sector and a comparative R&D policy evaluation on CCS technology in North America, Europe, and Asia. She holds a BA in International Business from Washington State University.

Takahiro Nakamura, Research Analyst

Takahiro Nakamura built his expertise upon highly complex technology and policy projects. Some of his projects include monitoring of ethics, safety and environmental issues regarding nanotechnology and chemicals, as well as recent developments in high performance computing and international trade agreements. He also took on various roles in other research projects with topics like rare earth, health-record and genetic database, regenerative medicine, assistive technologies, education and human resource development, and transportation infrastructure. One of his latest efforts is a water environment project involving specialized technology to address biodiversity concerns in the ocean. He received a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, with a concentration in socio-economic development, and B.A. from the University of Arkansas.

James Tetlow, Research Analyst

James Tetlow is a Research Analyst whose portfolio includes foreign policy, defense, and emerging technology fields, including border security, medical devices, and rare earth metals. He works alongside project principals to oversee the quality of research publications. Most recently, he has traveled extensively in Asia and Oceania to conduct interviews with government and industry stakeholders regarding current issues in border control and travel facilitation. James joined Washington CORE in January 2012, after working with the Korea Economic Institute. James earned a M.A. in Asian Studies from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He graduated with a B.A. in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mayuko Yatsu, Project Manager/Senior Research Analyst

Mayuko Yatsu is a bilingual consultant specializing in U.S.-Japan relations and U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to conducting in-depth policy and market analysis on issues such as national security and information & communication technology (ICT), she assists experts from both public and private organizations in strategic communications through on-site consultation, interpretation, and editing services. Before joining Washington CORE, Mayuko worked at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) as a research intern for Japan Studies, and contributed to studies on Japanese politics & economic issues, international trade, and cyber security. She earned her M.P.A. from American University, with concentrations in program evaluation and policy analysis, and has a B.A. in Economics and Asian Studies from Temple University.