Video game music composer best known for his iconic soundtracks for "Sonic the Hedgehog" and "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" from Sega.
He started out as a session musician. He and Miwa Yoshida founded the band Cha-Cha & Audrey's Project and also the band Dreams Come True in 1988.
His music was used in a wide range of television commercials and films.
He married singer Makii, former lead vocalist of rock/metal band High and Mighty Color, on June 22, 2008.
He first worked with video game programmer Yuji Naka on the original "Sonic the Hedgehog" game.