Japanese special effects artist best known for being one of the creators of the Godzilla franchise. He was also a cameraman who made the first use of the camera crane in a Japanese film.
He attended the Nippon Flying school at Haneda before landing a job with the Utsumi toy company.
He directed propaganda films for the Japanese government during World War II.
He was married to Masano Araki from 1930 until his death in 1970. He had children named Hajime, Akira and Noboru.
He created the first Godzilla film with director Ishiro Honda in 1954.