Attacking midfielder who performed internationally for Japan from 2000-2010 and performed professionally in Scotland for Celtic from 2005-2009. He performed at Nissan Junior Youngsters from 1986-1995. He was nominated for the Ballon d’Or in 2007, an annual award directed at the very best soccer soccer participant in European countries. He was raised in Yokohama, Japan. Winger and striker Georgios Samaras was his teammate on Celtic from 2008-2009.