Jason James has been Director General of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation since 2011. Having been fascinated by Japan on a choir tour at the age of 13, he read Japanese Studies at King’s College, Cambridge, graduating First Class with Distinction.
Subsequently he worked for many years in the financial industry, mostly specialising in Japanese equities, becoming Head of Research in the Tokyo office of HSBC Securities, and eventually Head of Global Equity Strategy at HSBC’s London headquarters. From 2007-2011 Jason was Director of the British Council in Japan, during which time he also served as Cultural Counsellor at the British Embassy, Chair of the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) Japan cluster, a Board Member of the Japan-British Society (and Chair of its Awards Committee), and a Board Member of United World Colleges Japan.
He is a member of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group. Having lived in Japan for 15 years, and with a Japanese wife, Jason’s interest in the country is broad, covering the economy, financial markets and tax, as well as Japanese history, literature and arts, and the relationship between the UK and Japan. Publications range from The Political Economy of Japanese Financial Markets (co-author, Macmillan 1999), to Edmund Blunden and Japan (Asiatic Society, 2010).