The first Japanese national basketball player to participate and play in the NBA Summer League.
He began playing basketball when he was 9 and went to BYU because of their good English program.
He played in four games during the 2004-2005 NBA season with the Phoenix Suns before he was dropped. He was known as the Michael Jordan of Japan.
He was raised by a sports family in Japan.
He briefly played beside legendary point guard Steve Nash on the Suns in 2004.