Natasha Taliferro is an Analyst with The Asia Group’s Japan practice. Based in TAG’s Washington office, she conducts industry, political, and economic research and analysis and tracks regional political developments and industry trends.
Prior to joining TAG, Natasha worked for nearly seven years in Japan as an International Sales Representative at Yamato Gokin Co., Ltd., and as an Assistant Language Teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. At Yamato Gokin, Natasha specialized in the semiconductor, aerospace, and fusion energy industries. She developed and managed major contracts with international stakeholders and provided bilingual English and Japanese support, branding cohesion through the redesign of the English-language website and social media, andassistance with foreign talent acquisition. Before her time at Yamato Gokin, Natasha worked as an Assistant Language Teacher in Fukui Prefecture for the JET Program from 2016 to 2020. During that time, Natasha also worked extensively with the local community organizing volunteer opportunities and promoting tourism to and within Japan.
Before moving to Japan, Natasha interned at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., andassisted with constituent inquires and the embassy’s Japan Information and Culture Center. Natasha also interned at the American Institute of Taiwan’s Washington office (AIT/W) with the Department of State, where she collaborated with AIT/W staff on diplomatic matters concerning Taiwan. After returning to the United States in 2023, Natasha worked as a Legislative Fellow in the Office of Representative Robert C. Scott. On the Hill, she produced informative briefings and legislation recommendation memorandums on foreign policy concerning the Russo-Ukrainian War, the Indo-Pacific, immigration, and women’s rights.
Natasha is currently pursuing a M.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University, focusing on the U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral alliance, multilateral alliances and stability in the Indo-Pacific, and diplomacy. She is fluent in Japanese and is studying Korean. Natasha received her B.A. in Global Affairs from George Mason University, with minors in Japanese Studies and Intelligence Analysis. She is a 2023 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship recipient and will join the U.S. Foreign Service upon completion of her degree program.
In her free time, Natasha practices Latin Dance and photography. She can also be found blogging about her travels around the world.