Shin Koyamada (小山田 真, Koyamada Shin, born March 10, 1982) is a Japanese American actor, producer, philanthropist, entrepreneur and martial artist. Koyamada became known worldwide for his film debut co-starring with Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai (2004), which was nominated for several awards, including four Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and two National Board of Review Awards, followed by starring in the Disney Channel’s Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (2006), which received the highest rated kids channel in Japan, U.K. and Europe. Since his breakthrough, he has appeared in numerous successful movies and shows, and produced a series of movies, shows, comics and video games through Shinca Entertainment. In 2017, Koyamada became the first native-born Japanese to be elected as the Sister Cities International Board of Directors that unites over 500 member communities with over 2,000 partnerships in 145 countries. In 2008, he founded the Koyamada International Foundation (KIF) in Los Angeles, inspiring hundreds of thousands of youth globally to achieve their dreams. In Japan, Koyamada has been appointed as Kyoto International Ambassador, Okayama Prefecture International Ambassador, and Karate Special Ambassador for Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Koyamada holds black belts in Japanese and Korean martial arts, and won a U.S. national championship in Chinese martial arts. Koyamada immigrated from Japan to the United States in June 2000. He is bilingual in Japanese and English.
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