Defensive midfielder who made his professional debut in 2002 for Urawa Red Diamonds and made his first international appearance for Japan in 2006.
He played soccer at Fujieda Higashi High School.
He signed with 1. FC Nurnberg in 2013.
He grew up in Fujieda, Shizuoka, Japan.
Attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa became his teammate on Japan in 2008.