A native of Miyagi Prefecture, she attended Miyagi Gakuin Women's Junior College and Mitsui Memorial Hospital Nursing School; University of Alabama at Birmingham, and University of Illinois at Chicago for her Doctorate (PhD.) in the United States.
She was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in September 2005. She currently resides in her home prefecture in Japan, and she is married to an American media professional.
- Official website in Japanese.
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