Born: Feb. 2, 1937
Education: Tokyo University law faculty, graduated 1960
Current car: Toyota Progres sedan
Hobbies: Golf, saltwater fishing, listening to music, antique collecting, watching boxing
1960: Joined Toyota in General Administration Division
1966-84: Refined Toyota Production System under tutelage of legendary Taiichi Ohno
1984-87: In logistics administration department, developed plan for wholly owned U.S. factory
1988-94: President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing USA Inc. in Georgetown, Ky.
1994-98: Managing director in charge of government and public affairs, information technology and telecom business
1998: Executive vice president in charge of corporate planning, IT & Telecom Business and industrial vehicles and equipment
June 1999: President of Toyota Motor Corp.