My name is Jin. I was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1987. I grew up in Armonk, NY, from age 2 to 15, and attended the American School in Japan in Tama, from age 15 to 18.
I studied computer science in college with a concentration in artificial intelligence at Columbia University. One of my favorite projects in college was building a low-cost signature recognition system with a webcam. I also served as the treasurer of the Columbia Japan Society.
After obtaining my Bachelor of Science, I worked at the Tokyo branch of Bain and Company. I primarily worked for an American client in the still-burgeoning smartphone industry of Japan, forecasting risk, analyzing customer satisfaction, and looking for opportunities to optimize costs.
In 2011, I returned to the United States. I briefly worked with Isotope Films, on several projects including Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and Dick: the Documentary. I also helped with the translation of the ESPN animated film, the Shining Star of Losers Everywhere.
Then, for five years, I worked for TK Digital, a Japanese-American film production company based in Brooklyn. During this time, I managed 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.
In 2016, I left TK Digital to work independently. I worked on two nature documentaries, one on “the worst weather on Earth” and one on the “dancing bird,” the American woodcock, for Japan’s public TV station.
From 2017 to 2020, I attended Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee, and received a Juris Doctorate.
During law school, I was a summer associate at the Nashville office of Butler Snow, an intern at the Nashville Metropolitan Government Department of Law, an intern at the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, and a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.
I was also the editor in chief of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. I volunteered with the law school’s admissions office as an Ambassador, the Shade Tree Clinic as a member of the Medical-Legal Partnership, and the Street Law program of Legal Aid Society of Vanderbilt. I am also a member of Phi Delta Phi.
My wife is Yurina Ko, a novelist, essayist, teacher, and writing consultant. We have two sons.
My interests include American films, Japanese TV, artificial intelligence, cooking food, reviewing restaurants, travel, German, French, Chinese, and golf.
If you have any questions about my background, please don’t hesitate to contact me.