Born in 1964 in Kumamoto Prefecture. Broadcast writer and script writer. Started working as a broadcast writer when a student at Nihon University College of Art's Department of Broadcasting. His major works for television include "Humiliation of Canossa", "Iron Chef" and "New Design Paradise". Wrote the screenplay of "Departures" (Japanese title: "Okuribito") which won the 81st Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, and the 32nd Japanese Academy Prize for Best Picture of the Year. Has written books such as "Kangaenaihinto" (Hints for not thinking), "Inochi no Kazoekata" (Ways to count life) and "Jinseishokudo 100 ken" (100 eating facilities of my life). Currently head of the Project Design Department at Tohoku University of Art and Design's School of Design where he also teaches as a professor. Head of N35 inc. and Orange and Partners Co.