Yuka Nakao


  • Asia Pacific
  • Japan
  • ESG Due Diligence
  • Investigation Services
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Yuka Nakao is a consultant in Control Risks’ business intelligence practice in Japan. Based in Tokyo, she focuses on due diligence research, strategic intelligence gathering and ESG assessment. She has gained experience researching and assessing governance risks across multiple industry sectors in Japan.

Recent tasks that Yuka has worked on include:

  • An internal investigation into expense irregularities at a global pharmaceutical company in Japan. The project was initiated by whistle blower allegations, followed by eight internal interviews and ending with a confrontational interview. The project found the allegations were partially substantiated, and provided further context about the potential wrongdoers and the extent of the irregularities.
  • Asset searches into a fundraiser who claimed to have ties to a zaibatsu, or prominent business family in Japan. Public records showed the subject likely held shares in two companies and there were two residential properties linked to his family. Both properties were mortgaged to several financial institutions. Sources also said the subject was reportedly facing financial distress and struggling to raise financing.
  • Analysing Japan’s new human rights due diligence guideline and its potential reputational and regulatory impacts to businesses.

  • Prior to joining Control Risks, Yuka worked at Kyodo News, a Japanese news agency. She covered a wide range of topics from criminal justice to business and finance.

    Yuka holds a master’s degree in educational studies focusing on lifelong education, and a bachelor’s degree in Japanese art history, both from Kyoto University. She is a native Japanese speaker and is fluent in English.



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