James’ career spans policy, technology, academia and social arena.
In the policy arena, James was President of the Asia Pacific Initiative (API) that merged with the International House of Japan. He was also Special Advisor at the Cabinet Office and a co-founder of the Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI).
In the technology arena, James is Co-Chair, Silicon Valley Japan Platform and Co-Chair, World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan. He was previously Chairman of Twitter Japan and Vice President of Twitter Inc.
In academia, James is Visiting Professor at Keio Medical School. Previously, he was Visiting Professor at Hitotsubashi Business School, Visiting Scientist at MIT Media Lab, and Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo.
In the social arena, James co-founded TABLE FOR TWO, a Davos-initiated social program that simultaneously addresses global hunger and obesity, and Beyond Tomorrow, a youth leadership and scholarship program established after the Tohoku earthquake in 2011. He is also a Global Trustee and Japan Co-Chair of Asia Society.
James was a visiting student at Brown University, graduated from Keio University and Harvard Business School and was a World Fellow at Yale University.
He was selected: Young Global Leader, New Asian Leader, a member of Global Agenda Council at the World Economic Forum, Asia 21 Fellow at Asia Society, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy, and Inamori Fellow of Inamori Foundation.