My name is Jin. I was born in Sumida-ku in Tokyo, Japan in 1987. I was raised in the United States from age 2 to 15 in Armonk, NY. For high school, I attended the American School in Japan in Tama, Tokyo.

In college, I studied computer science with a concentration in artificial intelligence at Columbia University. One of my favorite projects was designing a signature recognition system using a webcam, and an image recognition and signal recognition algorithm. I was also an active member of the Columbia Japan Society, spending my last year as its treasurer.

After receiving my Bachelor of Science, I worked at the Tokyo branch of Bain and Company, an American management consulting firm. I worked primarily on an American client in the still burgeoning smartphone industry of Japan.

Upon returning to the United States, I worked for TK Digital, a Japanese-American film production company based in Brooklyn, as a production coordinator and production manager. During this time, I worked on TV and commercial shoots that took me across the country from the coast of Juneau, Alaska, to the shimmering white salt flats of Utah, and to the swamps of Miami’s everglades.

Around the same time, I also worked with Isotope Films, on several projects including Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and Dick: the Documentary; and on the ESPN short animated film, the Shining Star of Losers Everywhere.

In 2016, I left TK Digital to work independently. In particular, I worked on two nature documentaries, one on the “worst weather on Earth” and one on the funny-looking bird, the American woodcock, for Japan’s public TV station.

Since August 2017, I have been a law student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. I’m scheduled to receive a Juris Doctor in May 2020.

For the summer of 2018, I will be an associate at the Nashville office of Butler Snow, and a summer intern at the Nashville Metropolitan Government Department of Law.

In addition to my studies, I assist the law school’s admissions office as an Ambassador, volunteer at the Shade Tree Clinic as a member of the Medical-Legal Partnership, and volunteer with the Street Law program of Legal Aid Society of Vanderbilt. I am also a member of Phi Delta Phi.

My wife is Yurina Ko, an aspiring novelist, and we have one son, Ray, born on March 5, 2018. We also have an American Shorthair cat named Lukie.

My interests are in American films, Japanese TV, artificial intelligence, cooking and eating food, travel, German, French, Chinese, and golf.


Click below to see my full resume:

Resume as of October 2018


If you have any questions about my background, please don’t hesitate to contact me!