Jason Mortimer grew up in Durham and graduated from UNC-CH in 2006 with degrees in Asian Studies and Business Administration. During a 14-month study-abroad in Japan, Jason became fluent in Japanese. Returning for his senior year at UNC, he took two semesters of Mandarin before spending his final semester at a language school in Shanghai, China, where he gained proficiency in Chinese. His first job after graduating was with Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in Tokyo. He later worked for J. P. Morgan in Hong Kong and Singapore. He met and married his wife Miyuki Kawada in Japan. They moved to London where Jason worked three years for First State Investments, an Australian asset manager. For the past two years, Jason, Miyuki and 4-year-old son Kenta have been living in Tokyo, where Jason works for Nomura Asset Management.