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The son of a Japanese businessman and a Taiwanese homemaker, Takeshi Kaneshiro has two elder brothers, one is his senior by seven years, the additional just by one. After graduating from Taipei Japanese Junior High School, he enrolled at English-based Taipei American School, which enabled him to converse in English. While he was studying there, he began doing television commercials and decided to quit school to pursue a singing and acting career. He is multilingual, fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien and Japanese, and to lesser degrees in English and Cantonese. [+]