Japanese video game designer and filmmaker who founded the Mistwalker video game development corporation in 2004.
He briefly studied electrical engineering at Yokohama National University, but dropped out to work for the video game company Square.
He developed the Final Fantasy video game series and later made a film based on the series. The animated movie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was a box office flop.
He was born in Hitachi, Ibaraki, Japan.
He and Yuji Naka of Sonic the Hedgehog fame were both groundbreaking Japanese video game developers.