Nobuko Sakurai (桜井信子) graduated from the University of Tokyo (French Studies), and spent one year in Paris as a student. After working at Air France in Tokyo for six years, she was employed at the Smithsonian Institute when she moved to Washington, D.C. with her husband. She obtained a Master’s Degree in French Studies from American University in Washington DC. During her husband’s second posting in Washington, D.C., she wrote a monthly business report for the Japanese Government’s affiliated organization, Japan Economic Institute, for seven years. She worked at the Japanese company, Forma Corp, in Tokyo, planning and organizing financial forums in Japan for U.S. and French firms from 1995 until 2000, when she moved to New York with her husband. She continued to work part time for Forma from New York until 2006. She served as President of the Nippon Club Women’s Association and co-President of the U.S.-Japan Women’s Association, at which she is currently an advisor. She is a member of Advisory Committee of Lotus Circle of the Asia Foundation, an honorary advisor for the Japanese Business Women’s Association in New York, also a member of the International Visitors Committee at the Cosmopolitan Club in New York. She and her husband have two daughters, one married and living in New York, and the other working for the U.S. Coast Guard.