From Japan, Akira is one of the countries leading SUP paddlers. He is a representative of OSY Club (SUP and Sailing), Head Coach of the Japan University Student SUP League and a former 470 Class and Fire Ball dinghy sailor and all-round athlete.

2017 All Japan Championship Elite Class 3rd place
2018 Kuwata Cup Elite Class Winner
2018 Lake Yamanaka SUPer Marathon 22km Elite Class Winner
2018 ISA World Championship Japanese representative for long distance.