In August, you?ll be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest winning pro gamer in the world.
Games aren?t really recognized around the world, so to be in a book that I?ve read since I was a child, and to gain recognition from others outside the gaming world makes me very happy.
How does it feel to be called a pro gamer?
It doesn?t feel any different from when I was playing games before I was a pro gamer.
How many times have you been asked for your autograph?
About a hundred times or so now. I usually just write my name, although I do that in America. It?s a bit embarrassing to do that in Japan so I don?t want to do it. (laughs)
How do you feel about being called ?The Beast? overseas?
I guess it came from that infamous 3rd Strike video with Justin, people just started calling me that through their own volition. I don?t understand why though.
What was the reason behind your winning Evolution 2010?
The other players were practicing with their sub-characters as well as main characters, whereas I was concentrating on a single, all-purpose character. I wouldn?t have any regrets if I had say, used another character and had lost. Also, I analyzed the characters that the strong players were using, and started to play against those characters to prepare myself.
How often do you go overseas for tournaments?
Last year I went to America, England, France, Taiwan, Kuwait and Switzerland. This year I was invited to events in England, Australia, France and America.
Other than your winnings through games, what do you do for a living?
I?m working as a helper at a senior citizen?s nursing home. I usually work there about five days a week. My parents are both in the field of medicine so they had no objections to this kind of work.