Moriyasu Ito graduated from Kyoto University with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993, studied at Trent University in Canada as a trainee, then was posted to Karachi, Pakistan as a cultural attache and vice consul for three years. Back to Tokyo in 1999, he left the Ministry in 2003 and became a Shinto priest at Meiji Jingu after studying at Kokugakuin University. He is Chief of the International Affairs Division at the Meiji Jingu Intercultural Research Institute. He plays the Sho, a Japanese wind instrument resembling panpipes.