Takeshi Kaneshiro (born October 11, 1973) is a Japanese actor and singer of mixed heritage - his father is Japanese and his mother is Taiwanese. Kaneshiro is a common Okinawan name. In kanji, is Kaneshiro and is Takeshi (given name), with Japanese readings. He appears as (Kaneshiro Takeshi) in Japanese media. Although Kaneshiro is not a Chinese surname, the first kanji of Kaneshiro coincides with the Chinese surname Jin and with the Korean surname 'Kim' . Since personal names are commonly written in Chinese characters in both Chinese and Japanese naming conventions, with surnames before given names, this gives Kaneshiro the freedom whether to distinguish himself as a Japanese or not when working in Chinese-speaking countries by preserving or removing the space between his surname and given name. Kaneshiro's mother is Taiwanese and his father is from Okinawa, Japan.
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