Aoi was born in Hyogo prefecture, Japan, and is now based in Tokyo. She started her career as business consultant at Nomura Research Institute, one of biggest consulting firms in Japan, after finishing an MA in international relations (2007) and BA in history (2005) both at the University of Tokyo. Aoi was a 2019 Nuffield International Contemporary Scholars Conference delegate.
Aoi has been engaged in a variety of fields of Japanese industry including automotive, electronics, food, trading and infrastructure, and done many kinds of research and advisory service. What she noticed there was although Japanese industry are overall sophisticated and looking for internationalization, there is one exception; agriculture. At the same time, however, Aoi realized potential of Japanese agriculture; high productivity, latest technology, highly-qualified seeds and nursery.
In order to enforce Japanese agriculture and let herself be a member of strong agriculture, Aoi changed her career and since June 2016 she has been working for Farmship inc., which develops and runs five and more indoor-farming hydroponic plant all over Japan. There she has expanded her specialty to not only business development, but also human training, plant management, corporate planning, external relationship management.