Taught briefly at Kobe Commercial and Miyagi Normal schools. Was manager of Osaka Stnmposha newspaper and then director of Hocm Shimbun newspaper. Entering politics, was elected to Diet on a Kaishinto Party ticket (1881). Director of Commercial Bureau of Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce (1896); Vice-Minister of Ministry of Communications (1898); vice-chairman of Diet (1903); Minister of Communications (1915). Late in life was involved in a scandal but was declared innocent.