Mai Hayano  is a Foreign Service Officer from the Government of Japan. For the past two years, she was dealing with numerous issues of the Japan-U.S. security arrangements, including the U.S. military realignment and Japan-U.S. alliance management. Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs from George Washington University in 2014, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Tokyo in 2016. During her graduate program, she also studied at Peking University and Seoul National University for a semester, respectively. Her research focused on how ideological differences among East Asian countries affect chances of promoting peace and security in the region. At Yale, she plans to further delve into the study of security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. She was born and raised in Tokyo until the age of 15 when she left for Hawaii to attend high school.