After the eight-year career as German teacher at an educational institution, Akiko Takashina worked as in-house translator (for German & English) at a patent firm for twelve years. She joined Sonoda & Kobayashi in 2019.
- M.A. in German Linguistics and Philology, Osaka University of Foreign Studies
- Japanese (native)
- National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter (German)
- 2nd grade Certified Specialist of Intellectual Property Management（administration）
- Intellectual Property Translation Proficiency Examination, Grade 1 (English to Japanese, Mechanical Engineering) (2020)