|Born: April 10, 1976|
Kariya, Aichi, Japan
|March 30, 2001, for the Hanshin Tigers|
|September 12, 2009, for the Hanshin Tigers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Akahoshi announced his retirement on December 9, 2009. During the 2009 season, he was first deactivated in early July after sustaining a neck injury. Then, on September 12, his last game, Akahoshi aggravated a spinal disc herniation when he dove headfirst in an attempt to catch a ball. He was diagnosed with spinal damage and has experienced pain in his neck and lower back as well as numbness in his hands and feet since.