Melanie Berry is a Senior Associate at The Asia Group, where she supports the Japan portfolio. She provides clients with detailed analysis of Japan’s political dynamics, regional trade and defense strategy, and market and regulatory trends in an array of industries, including manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, tourism, and IT. Melanie also focuses on the U.S.-Japan bilateral relationship, offering comprehensive insights across the political, economic, and security spheres.
Melanie’s comprehensive understanding of Japan’s politics, economics, and culture is built on her professional and personal experiences in the country. She worked for the Asia-Pacific Initiative, a Tokyo-based think tank, providing research, logistical, and administrative support for the 2017 Japan-U.S. Military Statesman Forum, an annual strategic dialogue convening high-level former and current officials from the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military. Previously, Melanie also worked as an Assistant Language Teacher in Gunma Prefecture for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program from 2013 to 2015.
Prior to her role with The Asia Group, Melanie supported the Political and Security Affairs team at the National Bureau of Asian Research, where she provided research and logistical assistance for publications, events, and projects on topics ranging from evolution of trilateral relations between the United States, Japan, and South Korea to the implications of China and Russia’s increasingly close cooperation for the Korean peninsula.
Melanie holds a Master of Arts in Asian Studies with a focus on Politics and Security from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her research interests at Georgetown included U.S.-Japan alliance dynamics, Japan’s bilateral relations with South Korea, and the impact of historical memory and domestic politics on security cooperation. She also graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Japanese Language and Literature and studied with the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. She is proficient in Japanese and was raised in Williamsburg, Virginia.