Blood type: 0
Birthplace: Saijo City, Ehime-pref, Japan
Dominant foot: Right
Belonging: Olympique de Marseille (France)
Gain attention during the All Japan college student championship 2006, which he participated as a member of Meiji University.
Won double prize in his first professional year, 2008: J league Outstanding Player Award and Excellent Rookie Award.
After FIFA World Cup 2010, transferred to Cesena (Serena A, Italy) June the same year, then to Inter Milan in 2011, as a great surprise to both Japanese football fans as well as the world football fans.
Played in FIFA World Cup 2018 as his third consecutive world cup.
His full appearance in all four games in the Group stage contributed the Japanese team to advance to the Round of 16.
After his days in Galatasaray Spor Kulübü (Spor Toto Süper Lig, Turkey) leading the team to win two consecutive league titles and two cups, he lately announced his transfer to Olympique de Marseille (Framce) on August 31st, 2020.