Japanese midfielder who is known for his aggressive attacking style of play. He contributed regularly to Sevilla FC of Spain's La Liga in 2016-2017 before his transfer to Japanese club Cerezo Osaka.
He began his youth soccer career in 2002. He first joined Oita Trinita Youth, with whom he played through 2007.
Between 2012-2016, he played in the German Bundesliga with 1. FC Nürnberg and Hannover 96. In 2011, he began his regular contribution to the Japanese senior national team.
His younger brother Koki is also a professional soccer player.
He played alongside Luis Muriel for Sevilla FC of Spain's La Liga.