To cut it short, please click here and here to read his personal background. I remembered saw him at CNN
Talk Asia interview in which at the moment i did not listen to any of his songs until on Japan A Radio internet radio in which a song titled Kimi No Suki Na Tako (君の好きなとこ) run over the radio for few time. I did some research about him and to find out that he is a big hit in Japan. He sings differently from others Japanese singers same as Fukuyama Masaharu who sing in a weird foreign Japanese pronunciation.
A good looking foreign look face although he claim that he is pure Japanese. Maybe his ancestor is a foreigner. I remember my university roommate look like a foreigner although he calm that he is not. Genetics sometimes can do some illusionist trick on us. I believe he don't have any problem with his talent and looks to be famous. I remembered that in the CNN interview he hate his face because it doesn't look like typical Japanese.
Well, it was not only when I was a teenager. Even now I don't really like my face. It's uncomfortable for me when I'm not regarded as Japanese even though I was born in Japan and speak Japanese as my mother tongue. Of course, now people know my face so I don't encounter that perception often anymore. But before quite often Japanese people would speak to me in English, or Japanese kids would surround me, saying "he's a foreigner!". I'm tall as well, so I had a complex about myself. I guess my appearance stands out both in a positive and a negative way. But I still am uncomfortable with my visual features.
CNN Talk Asia
Here is the video clip of Kimi no suki na toko. He wrote both of the music and lyrics.
Link: Hirai Ken Official Website