Bachelor, Kansai University, Suita, Japan, 1961. Master of Arts, Kansai University, Suita, Japan, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, University Arkansas, 1980.
Instructor, Kansai Junior College of Foreign Studies, Osaka, 1963-1966; assistant professor, Kansai Gaidai U., Hirakata, Osaka., 1966-1976; professor, Kansai U., Hirakata, Osaka., since 1976. Visiting professor Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, 1975-1976.
Member Japan Association for Oral Tradition (board directors since 1990), Japan Comparative Literature Association (board directors Kansai chapter since 1985), Association of Private Universities in Japan (special committee member since 1984).
Married Emiko Kanemoto, January 15, 1977.