Kanako graduated from Keio University and worked in investment banking with GCA. After receiving her MBA from Kellogg School of Management in 2013, she joined BCG in Tokyo. At BCG she led projects related to new business development, M&A strategy, overseas expansion among others. Kanako joined D4V (Design 4 Ventures) in 2016, a venture capital in partnership with IDEO, as founding member and portfolio director. In 2020, Kanako started NEXTBLUE, a venture capital investing in Europe and Japan, focusing on digital health, AI and Saas.

2005/ Joined Anderson, Mori, and Tomonaga Law Office
2007/ Joined GCA Savvian
2013/ Joined Boston Consulting Group
2016/ joined D4V 2020/ Established NEXTBLUE as General Partner
Graduated from Keio University, Faculty of Law. Completed MBA from Kellogg School of Management.