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  Date of birth:Dec 4, 1974

  Bats and throws right-handed

  Graduated from:Kokugakuin Kugayama High School, Aoyama Gakuin University

  A first round draft pick in 1997



1981 <Entered Yanagisawa Public Elementary School in Tanashi.>
・Joined Victory, a rubber-ball baseball team for children.
1986 Joined the Hoya Little League.
1987 <Entered Tanashi public junior high school No. 4.>
・Joined the Hoya Senior League.
1989 Participated in the All Japan Senior League Championship Tournament.
1990 <Entered Kokugakuin Kugayama High School.>
1991 ・Played on the team that won the Western Tokyo Regional Championships leading up to the 73rd Annual Summer High School Baseball Tournament at Koshien, in his second year of high school.
・Participated in the 73rd Annual Summer High school Baseball Tournament at Koshien.
1993 <Entered Aoyama Gakuin University>【Freshman year】
・Won the Tohto University Baseball Spring League Championship.
・Won The 42nd All Japan Baseball Championship Tournament.
・Participated in the 22nd Annual USA / Japan Collegiate Championship Series, as a member of Japan’s national team. (held in the USA )
1994 【Sophomore year】
・Won the 1st Junior Championship Tournament, as a member of the Tohto All-Star team.(held in Denver, Colorado, USA)
・Won the Tohto University Baseball Fall League Championship.
☆Captured the Triple Crown.(first time)
☆Voted Most Valuable Player of the year.
☆Hit home runs in 4 consecutive games, (tying the league recor). 8 home runs in a single season,(a new league record)
・Runner-up in the 25th Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention:
1995 【Junior year】
・Participated in The 24th Annual USA / Japan Collegiate Championship Series as a member of Japan’s national team. (held in the USA)
・Won the bronze medal in the 18th Universiade in Fukuoka as a member of Japan’s national team.
・Won the Tohto University Baseball Fall League Championship.
☆Voted Most Valuable Player of the year
☆Hit 12 home runs for the year (7 in spring, 4 in fall):a new record in the league.
・Won the gold medal at the 18th Asian Baseball Championship (Asian regional preliminaries for the Atlanta Olympic games)
・Runner-up in the 26th Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention
1996 【Senior year】
・Won the Tohto University Baseball Spring League Championship.
☆Home run record: 24 career home runs in 4 years, a new record for the university baseball games held at Jingu stadium.
・Won the 45th All Japan University Baseball Championship Tournament.
・Won the silver medal at the Atlanta Olympic games as a member of Japan’s national team
・Won the 6th Japan Amateur Championship Title Match
・First round pick by Daiei Hawks in the 32nd professional baseball draft.
・Joined Fukuoka Daiei Hawks.
1997 ・Hit a grand slam homer in his first game as a rookie.(the first Japanese player in Japanese pro-baseball history)
1999 ・Won the Pacific League pennant with the Daiei Hawks.
・Won the Japan Series.
2000 ・Won the Pacific League pennant for two consecutive years with the Daiei Hawks.
2001 ・Selected for the Japanese professional baseball All-Star game in fan balloting.(second base, first time)
☆Captured the crown for stolen bases with 44 steals.(first time)
☆Selected as one of the Best Nine Players.(second base, first time)
☆Won the Golden Glove Award(second base, first time)
2002 ・Selected for the Japanese professional baseball All-Star game in fan balloting. (second base, second time)
2003 ◇April 2:Marked 100th career stolen base in a game against the Kintetsu Buffaloes
◇April 6:Hit 100th career home run in a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.
◇June 8:Recorded three-hit games in five consecutive games, tying the Japanese record for the first time in 49 years, in a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.(the second player in Japanese baseball history)
◇July 26:Hit 4 doubles in a single game against the Orix Blue Wave, tying the Japanese record.(the ninth player in Japanese baseball history)
・Selected for the Japanese professional All-Star game in fan balloting.(second base, third time)
・Won the Pacific League pennant.(third time)
☆Scored the most runs in the league(112)
☆Captured the crown for stolen bases with 42 steals.(second time)
☆Selected as one of the Best Nine Players. (second base, second time)
☆Won the Golden Glove Award.(second base, second time) ☆Won the Japan Series. (second time)
☆Received the Japan Series Valuable Player Award
2004 ◇April 5:Marked 700th career total base in a game against the Kintetsu Buffaloes.
・Selected for the Japanese professional All-Star Game in fan balloting.(second base, fourth time)
☆Selected as one of the Best Nine Players. (second base, third time)
☆Won the Golden Glove Award.(second base, third time)
・Declared free agency.
2005 ・Joined the Chicago White Sox(MLB).
◇September 26:Marked 1000th career hit in a game against the Detroit Tigers. (Japan and MLB careers combined) ・Won the American League Central Division pennant.(the first time in 5 years)
・Won the American League pennant. (the first time in 46 years)
・Won the World Series.(the first time in 88 years)
☆Named to the 2005 Major League Rookie All-Star team.(second base)
*Chosen on the recommendation of all the managers of MLB.
2006 ◇June 25:Hit 7 RBI’s in a single game against the Houston Astros.(most runs batted among all the Japanese players in MLB)
*Hit a three-run homer into left field and a grand slam homer into left center field
☆Hit the most home runs in the American League as a second baseman (18)
2007 ・July:traded to the Philadelphia Phillies
・Won the National League East Division pennant.(the first time in 14 years)
2008 ・Traded to the San Diego Padres.
・September : trade to the Philadelphia Phillies.
・Won the National League East Division pennant.
・Won the National League. (the first time in 15 years)
・Won the Wopld series. (the second time in the history of team)
・Philadelphia Phillies FA (Free Agent)
2009 ・NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) Pacific League : Joined the Chiba Lotte Marines.