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1958- . Born in Hokkaido, he became involved with the Tokyo anime scene when he joined the Animation Society at Waseda University. Hired by Asia-do company after graduation, he shared directing credit for Creamy Mami (1983) with Osamu Kobayashi before moving into romance and comedy with Maison Ikkoku (1987) and Ranma (1989)-his feature debut was the Maison Ikkoku movie. Subsequently hired by Studio Ghibli to direct the TV movie Ocean Waves (1993).
He is married to fellow anime industry employee Masako Goto.