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Yoichiro Takahashi was born in Tokyo in 1963 and joined NHK in 1986 after graduating from university. He began his NHK career in documentaries then moved into drama.
Takahashi has distinguished himself most prominently for his film work. His first feature film, “Fishes in August” (1998), has won numerous awards including the New Directors Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Golden Alexander Prize and FIPRESCI Prize at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. His second feature film, “Sunday’s Dream” (2000), was an official selection in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival. Takahashi’s most notable television work includes “Violent Teacher” (1996), which won Japan’s Broadcasting Culture Fund Award, “And Then” (2012), and “Chorus” (2013).