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1947- . Born in Hokkaido, he dropped out of Hirosaki University midway through a degree in Western history in order to go to Tokyo and become an animator at Mushi Production. His early anime work included stints on Wandering Sun and the second series of Moomins. With the demise of Mushi Pro, he was one of the early defectors to what would become Sunrise, ideally placing him to work as a director and character designer on that studio's output, most notably as a defining character designer in the Gundam and Dirty Pair series. His other works in anime include Crusher Joe and Giant Gorg, and he has also contributed to anime adaptations of his manga work, including Arion and Venus Wars. Also known as "YAS," the name with which he signs his artwork.