Cole Florey is an Associate at The Asia Group focusing on political and economic affairs in Japan, as well as U.S.-Japan relations and regional developments in politics and security. Using his sectoral expertise and understanding of the regional political and strategic landscape, Cole analyzes breaking events, monitors regional and sectoral trends, and identifies business development opportunities for clients in a range of dynamic industries – from health and pharmaceuticals to civil aviation, transportation, and energy. In this capacity, Cole develops tailored stakeholder engagement and government relations strategies to position a number of Fortune 500 clients for long-term success in Japan and other key Asia-Pacific markets.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Cole supported the U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Political Section, where he analyzed breaking developments in U.S.-Japan relations and met regularly with Japanese officials. Cole also previously worked for the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) while concurrently pursuing a master’s degree in Asian Studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Over the course of his time at CSIS and at Georgetown, he performed research on political and security issues in the Asia-Pacific and prepared CSIS senior fellows for strategic roundtables, congressional testimony, and press events.
Cole lived in Japan for two years, where he completed an intensive Japanese language program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, and a fellowship at the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Throughout his fellowship, he analyzed Prime Minister Abe’s 2014 Japan Revitalization Strategy and provided reports on structural reforms related to Japan’s domestic innovation and entrepreneurship growth. During this time, Cole developed a strong understanding of Japanese politics and economics as well as a deep appreciation for Japanese culture and society.
Cole graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and earned an Master of Arts in Asian Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he specialized in the Politics and Security of Asia. He was born and raised in North Idaho and is proficient in Japanese. He also studies Chinese and German.