James was born in Yokohama but was raised in Yamagata, Japan. Until High School, we was educated in the Japanese system for the nation's compulsory education. Once he moved to the U.S, he continued his education at University of Missouri-Kansas City to receive his MFA in Acting and Directing. Since then, he's credited for a diverse set of credits ranging from film, stage, and voice acting to author and producer. Notable roles include Famous, Man on a Ledge and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing as well as the voice of San Fierro Triads leader, Wu Zi Mu, in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.