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Tomoko Hosaka Mullaney

Vice President

Tomoko Hosaka Mullaney is a Vice President at The Asia Group, where she focuses on the firm’s Japan portfolio. With her deep professional and personal knowledge of Japan, she supports clients across a variety of sectors, providing them with strategic advice and analysis of the country’s complex political, economic, and market landscape.

Prior to joining The Asia Group, Tomoko was an award-winning business journalist and leader in media and technology with a decade of experience in Asia. She served as deputy economics editor at The Associated Press (AP) in Washington, D.C., where she helped oversee coverage areas including trade, monetary policy, and the U.S. labor market. She rejoined the AP after indulging her entrepreneurial itch at two Silicon Valley startups. She was chief operating officer at Plympton, a San Francisco-based digital publishing startup. She was also head of news and politics at Ustream, the leading livestreaming platform at the time, and served as the company’s liaison to Ustream Asia.

During her previous stint with the AP, she worked as a business and technology reporter based in Tokyo, where she was a key member of the team that covered the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. She served as the AP’s lead economic writer in Japan during the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath. She chronicled numerous Japanese political administrations, companies, and business trends. She also traveled extensively throughout Japan and the Indo-Pacific region on assignment, including to major international gatherings such as APEC and the G20. Before the AP, she worked as an editor at Dow Jones Newswires in Tokyo, and has written for The Oregonian, The Washington Post, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

She holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Tokyo’s Waseda University, where she was a Monbukagakusho Scholar. Her research interests at Waseda included Japanese women’s labor force participation, gender dynamics and policies in the Japanese workplace, U.S.-Japan relations, and migration policies in Japan. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She also studied at Stanford University’s d.school and believes deeply in the power of design thinking to transform teams and organizations. She is a long-time member of the Asian American Journalists Association and serves as co-director of its Media Institute, which is an intensive media training program for diverse leaders.

She was born in Japan and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her family.