Born in 1960 in Tokyo.Watanabe graduated from Japan University where he received an art degree. He joined Mr. Music in 1984.
While attending Japan University, He began researching commercials and commercial music, which led him to pursue a career as a music producer. His love of reading includes the complete works of Hitomi Yamaguchi and Takeshi Kaikou and in his career he has achieved his goal of producing commercial music for Suntory. In his second year with Mr. Music, His great English skills provided him an opportunity to visit Los Angeles and record at A&M Records. After the trip, he went on to New York, London, Paris, Milano, Beijin,Shanghai and all the other great cities. It didn’t stop there, his career and love for flying have also taken him to Jakarta, Cuba, Mexico, Calcutta, Mumbai, (Chinese city names). He has received numerous awards for his work on Suntory Oolong Tea and QP Mayonnaise.