Novelist. After graduating from Toyo University in 1930, he studied French at Athénée Français language school and launched the magazine Kotoba (Words). In 1931 he published the novel Kaze Hakase (Wind Professor) in the magazine Aoi Uma (Blue Horse) and was acknowledged by Makino Shinichi. In the post-war period, with works like Daraku Ron (Discourse on Decadence) (1946) and Hakuchi (The Idiot) (1946), he was recognized as a burai-ha (decadent school) author along with Dazai Osamu. Joining a group of sought-after writers, he published Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita (In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom) (1947).