Haruko Sagawa was born and raised in Japan and is now a permanent resident of Italy. She originally qualified with a degree in Veterinarian Medicine from Tokyo University A&T, but after studying English in the UK, she switched careers to work in the International Sales Department of Nidec Copal Electronics in their Tokyo headquarters for three years, before being transferred to work as marketing manager of their Frankfurt branch in Germany.
Haruko then moved to Italy, to work in the Milan office of Summit Pharma, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, for five years.
Since then, she has been working as an interpreter, working in Italian, English and Japanese, for various corporate clients in Italy. She was also the translator of the Japanese edition of the Italian art book Fronteversismo, published in 2014.