Leadership roles and Superior General
After years of service in the Philippines, he returned to Japan and was rector of the scholasticate in Tokyo from 1991 to 1993. It was then that he was chosen to be the Provincial of Japan, a position he held until 1999.
In 1995, he participated in the 34th General Congregation; at the very beginning of the gathering, he was elected Secretary of the Congregation.
A little later, from 2004 to 2007, he was chosen as moderator of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania, a position he held at the time when, during the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, he was elected Superior General on January 19, 2008.