Saki Miata

Legal Name: Risako Takahashi McCarthy

Saki was born and raised in Japan until the age of fifteen. Then she moved to Michigan and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Saki studied acting at Bungakuza Theatre Company in Tokyo and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Hollywood. Her feature film credits include "The Ultimate Game", "Scorched", "Christmas in Beverly Hills" (Italy), and "City of Lost Souls" (Japan). She starred in a short film "Ordinary Life" which was screened at UN Environment Assembly and UN High-Level Political Forum in 2014. And her television credits include guest staring roles in "South Park" (live action role within the cartoon), "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Wasteland", and "Punk'd". She currently appears in US national commercials of Comcast X-finity and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Saki currently belongs to a theatre group in Los Angeles, called The Garage, led by award-winning film and theatre director Robert Allan Ackerman. In March and April, 2016, the group produced an ensemble musical play “Blood” written and directed by Ackerman. Saki played the mother of the hero boy and several other roles. The play received rave reviews from numerous critics including that of LA Times!

From 2006 through 2011, Saki anchored "JATV News" and covered various topics that would appeal to the Japanese and the Japanese American community in Southern California and Hawaii weekly. She not only anchored but also often produced some segments.

Saki thrives to make contributions to the society. She founded a non-profit group and program called "Konnichiwa (Hello) Little Tokyo for American Foster Children" in 2009 and hosted over 500 guests from various foster organizations in Los Angeles to visit Little Tokyo to learn Japanese culture during five summers.

Saki is the owner of Saki LLC, a company that offers translation, interpretation, and other bilingual services. She has connected the superhero creator Mr. Stan Lee to the Japanese anime production companies and has co-produced “Heroman”. (Credited as an associate producer with name Risako Takahashi) They are currently working on another project “The Reflection” with anime director Hiroshi Nagahama and Studio DEEN.