May Jamileh Hashimoto (橋本 芽生, Hashimoto Mei), better known by her stage name May J., is a Japanese pop and R&B singer who made her major label debut under Sony Music Japan on July 12, 2006, with her first mini-album All My Girls. She was born to an Iranian mother and Japanese father.
May J. was born as May Hashimoto on June 20, 1988, in Yokohama, Japan. The "J" in her name comes from the common Arabic and Arabic girl's name "Jamileh" (Persian: جمیله), meaning "beautiful". She knows how to speak four languages, including Persian, Japanese, English and Spanish.
May J.'s Iranian mother refused to acknowledge her Persian roots due to perceived negativity towards Iranians in Japan and May J. grew up unallowed to speak the Persian language. Believing she was American, she discovered her true identity on a chance overhearing of a conversation between her mother and grandmother. During her formative middle school years she began listening to Iranian singers Googoosh and Afshin and has later said she hopes to debut in Iran. In the 2013.06.23 J-MELO in Turkey Part 2 episode she said, that she is a part Turkish.