English and Japanese testimonials from clients I've helped succeed. Read their comments here.


My track record speaks for itself. Have a look at which universities I've helped my clients gain admission to.


The services I most typically offer my clients. If you can't find what you are looking for, email me.


Most recent posts below; Main blog page here.

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  • Chicago Booth Japan Club to Host Coffee Chat in Tokyo on March 26 2017
    Posted by : John Couke

    The Chicago Booth Japan Club will be hosting a Coffee Chat in Tokyo at 10am on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Go to http://chicagoboothjapan.wordpress.com for...

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  • CMU Tepper MBA students to host webinar on December 17, 2016
    Posted by : John Couke

    Hello all, I received the post below from a current student at the CMU Tepper MBA program. They'll be hosting a webinar targeting Japanese (or...

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  • Chicago Booth MBA students to host live chat on December 18th, 2016
    Posted by : John Couke

    I received the post below from current students in...

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  • Informal Michigan Ross MBA Information Session to be held in Tokyo on December 4th 2016
    Posted by : John Couke

    I was informed of an informal Michigan Ross MBA information session to be held in Tokyo on Sunday December 4th, 2016. Details follow including the...


I was born in Toronto, Canada. I earned a Bachelor of English degree from the University of Toronto. I moved to Japan in 1998, wishing to learn what it's like to live in a different part of the world, and to become a teacher like my mother and father. After two years teaching English I then got 4 years of experience hiring, training and managing instructors.

In 2004 I started my MBA at Hitotsubashi University. I joined a small class of 50 students as we navigated the 2-year program. I became the Academic Rep for my class, helping my classmates make several substantative contributions to the program.

My MBA experience was transformative, and instilled in me the passion to help others have a similar experience. Since graduating in 2006 I have helped hundreds of clients gain acceptance to top graduate schools all over the world, mostly working in the largest testprep/counseling organization in Japan.

Currently I am an independent academic counselor, advising people on choosing programs as well as the process of applying to them. I am particularly passionate about helping clients draft powerful and eye-catching resumes, write clear and detailed essays, and tell memorable stories in interviews as they gain admittance to the best possible programs.

In addition, I counsel on career development and do mock interviews with students in the Hitotsubashi MBA program. I also teach part-time in the best TOEFL speaking school in Japan.


Feel free to contact me (email is preferred) with a question, for my intake form, more information about my services, or for any other reason. I look forward to hearing from you!

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I would not be able to find another counselor who spends more time to understand his clients than John.