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Before my daughter was born, I was a semi-pro salsa dancer. I’ve performed in front of hundreds of people at the Chicago International Salsa Congress.

Aki Mitsunaga
Partner, CPA, MSA


As a leader of the Chicagoland Japanese business services (JBS) practice, my primary responsibilities include client service, market growth, brand awareness, team development, and recruiting. Most of my clients are in the manufacturing and distribution industry. I also contribute to the M&D technical review team as a report reviewer. 

A career in public accounting allows me to learn something new every day and apply it to different situations. It also provides the work flexibility to accommodate family time. Around the office, I’m known for taking advantage of the standing desks. Many colleagues have witnessed me standing for six hours a day.

Prior to joining public accounting, I worked as a staff accountant for several years, which enabled me to understand both assurance and industry perspectives. With 15 years of industry experience, my greatest accomplishment has been helping build the JBS Chicagoland practice from a $300,000 to over $3 million. When I joined the firm in 2010, there were only four clients, and the JBS practice was largely unknown in the market. Although this has been challenging, it’s been an exciting journey, and today it’s one of the firm’s fastest-growing practices. Our vision, “to be the Japanese practice of choice in the Americas,” is becoming a reality.   

I’m a frequent speaker at accounting/business seminars and webinars for Japanese companies, covering a variety of topics that are of current interest to C-suite executives. Examples include doing business in Mexico, new accounting standards, fraud, and post-COVID-19 restarts.

I earned an M.S. in accounting from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a B.A. in linguistics from Tokyo Women’s University. I’m a member of the AICPA, the Japan America Society of Chicago, and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Chicago.

Outside of work, I enjoy running, swimming, cycling, and playing tennis with my family. I’m a big believer that mental stress can be managed by physical activities.