Mana is pursuing a PhD degree in comparative law, at Nagoya University. Her current research explores the role of law and justice assistance for enhancing people’s access to justice in small island developing states. She holds a MA in international development from Nagoya University (2009), majoring in law and development, law and justice assistance, access to justice, and project management method. Mana previously worked as a project management officer in IT at IBM Japan Ltd and as a consultant at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific located in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Mana was also a Japanese fellow of the National Parliamentary Fellowship Program 2016, based in the Australian National University.