Took up golf at the age of seven after his father had built a driving range in his hometown of Fukuoka. Completely self taught, has never had a coach but cites his father as the greatest influence on his career. He is especially looking forward to competing in The European Tour’s three events in his favourite country, Germany, in 2007. His passion for all things German comes from his love of Teutonic cars and clothing, while his sporting hero, the six time World Formula One Champion, Michael Schumacher, also hails from Germany. Recorded four victories on the Japan Golf Tour between 2001 and 2006.