Matthew Edwin Carpenter

I was born and raised in Nara, Japan, by two American parents to age 23. That is where I spent the formative years of my life and is a large part of why I can provide keen insights into Japanese business, culture, and language, also providing me with a background of Eurasian geopolitical strategic thinking.

In my professional career, I have managed the American branch of a Japanese import/export company with ties to the Japanese Self Defense Forces, worked as a U.N. reporter for The Yomiuri Shimbun, the most circulated newspaper in the world, and have provided consulting services for corporate executive teams, U.N.-affiliated international NGOs, and law firms. I have also received multiple recognitions from clients such as The Walt Disney Company for my work while at CyraCom, a leading provider of language interpreter services in the United States.

I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in Law, Politics, and Economy. I studied Political Science and Government at Doshisha University and completed my Master of Arts in International Policy Security Concentration at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.  I am a registered Independent.

Professional experience as an interpreter, both consecutive and simultaneous, going back 15 years. Currently a simultaneous Japanese interpreter for SOSi, a U.S. Federal Government contractor. Published by Stratfor, a world’s leading geopolitical risk analysis firm, along with other platforms on topics related mostly to Japan and/or international geopolitics.