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NOC Japan   
Born 02 Aug 1985
Height1.70 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Japan
Occupation Athlete, Office Worker
Languages Japanese
Higher education Literature - Chuo University: Tokyo, JPN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing in year seven at middle school in Kesennuma, Japan.
Why this sport? His father encouraged him to take up fencing. It was also a popular sport in his hometown.
Club / Team Abecho Mermaid Food Product: Japan
Name of coach Oleg Matseichuk [national], UKR
Training Regime He focuses on increasing his physical strength and speed.
Handedness Left
International Debut
Year 2004
Competing for Japan
General Interest
Most influential person in career His father Kenichi. (, 24 Dec 2015)
Injuries He has sprained his ankle several times since the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (, 23 Feb 2015)
Awards and honours In 2012 he received the Citizens' Medal of Honour in Kesennuma, Japan. (, 01 Jan 2013)
Famous relatives His father Kenichi competed in fencing. He missed the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow due to the Japanese team boycotting the event. (, 20 Sep 2007)
Other information FROM RIGHT TO LEFT
When he was young he was naturally a right-handed fencer. However, his father forced him to learn to fence with his left hand because he felt that left-handed competitors held an advantage. (, 20 Sep 2007)

He is from Kesennuma, which suffered significant damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. After the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the city arranged a victory parade for him in recognition of his silver medal in the team foil event. The city still had collapsed buildings when the parade was held. (, 20 Aug 2012;, 13 Aug 2012)

He dedicated his silver medal from the 2012 Olympic Games in London to close friend Satoshi Onodera, who was one of the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. Onodera had helped convince him to remain in the sport after he contemplated retiring following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (, 07 Aug 2012)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2012 2 Team Foil London, England
World Championships
2015 7 Team Foil Moscow, Russia
2011 5 Team Foil Catania, Italy
2010 3 Team Foil Paris, France
2009 5 Team Foil Antalya, Turkey
2006 7 Team Foil Turin, Italy
Asian Championships
2015 3 Team Foil Singapore, Singapore
2015 7 Individual Foil Singapore, Singapore
2014 3 Individual Foil Suwon, Korea
2013 8 Individual Foil Shanghai, China
2011 2 Individual Foil Seoul, Korea
2011 2 Team Foil Seoul, Korea
2010 2 Team Foil Seoul, Korea
2008 2 Team Foil Bangkok, Thailand
2008 6 Individual Foil Bangkok, Thailand
2005 2 Team Foil Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia