Meika Clucas was born and grew up in Tokyo. She graduated from Jissen Women’s University in Tokyo with a Bachelor’s in English Literature, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with a M.A. in Education; and University of Southern California with a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology. She taught Sociology, Japanese Language and Culture, and English as a Second Language at the college level. Her academic area of interest is Japan’s aging population and labor shortage. While a member of the diplomatic community, Meika lived in Tokyo, Doha and Buenos Aires. She is a fluent speaker of Japanese and English, and learned to speak Spanish as an adult in preparation for the move to Buenos Aires. She currently provides research services to the U.S. Department of State. Meika lives with her husband in Japan on the Izu Peninsula. They are renovating a house, surrounded by a forest, into a charming bed and breakfast where friends and guests can wake up to the song of the nightingale.