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August 27, 1991
At age 6 he was chosen to play the part of seven-year-old Yoichi Asakawa in Ring. Today, he (alongside Hiroyuki Sanada who played Ryuji Takayama in Ring) is the most credited and popular male character in the Ring series. He reprised his role as Yoichi a year after the first sequel Rasen was a failure in the cinemas. In Ring 2, his character was the supporting male actor.
At 9 he worked as an extra and made a notable appearance in the hit TV series Kamen Rider Agito. He then rejoined Hideo Nakata to play Yuuchi in Sleeping Bride. He made small appearances in Kuroe and Umi wa miteita.
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