Born in 1942 in Tokyo, Japan. After earning a bachelor’s degree in art/art history at Kyoto University’s Department of Literature, he went on to do research in its graduate school for 3 years.
He founded a predecessor of the current WAO Corporation in Osaka in 1976. Its stock was listed on JASDAQ in 1988. Under his motto: “In order to change today's Japan, we need to reform the base of Japanese education system”, he developed WAO Corporation into a nationwide general educational service provider. He currently serves as a Chairman and CEO. His personal philosophy is summed up in the Japanese phrase Jitomyo or ‘self reliance.’
He founded an animation production company WAO World Co., Ltd. in 2000. He started the activity as a movie director writing the screenplay himself. He aimed at making films which were able to be enjoyed by parents and children and be filled with the messages to enrich their minds.
Runtime : 1 hours, 40 minutes
- May, 2006
- The 10th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival SICAF2006 (Seoul / South Korea) Grand Prize for best feature film
- Nov, 2005
- The 11th Lyon Asian Film Festival (Lyon / France) The first prize of Public Award for Best Animated Film
- Mar, 2005
The 7th REEL 2 REAL International Film Festival for Youth
(Vancouver / Canada) Best Picture Youth Jury Award