Attacking midfielder who joined CSKA Moscow in 2010 and became part of the Japanese national team in 2008.
He played his youth career with the Gamba Osaka and at Seiryo High School.
His cousin, Tamon Honda, competed in the 1984, '87, and '92 Olympic Games as a wrestler.
He married Misako, a kindergarten teacher, in 2008.
He became teammates with Shinji Kagawa on the Japanese national team.