Goro Takano is an "ESL" Japanese national who was born in the city of Hiroshima. He is currently working as assistant professor at Saga University Faculty of Medicine, Japan, mainly teaching English / Japanese literature to Japanese undergraduates. He graduated from University of Kyoto (Law and International Politics), obtained MA from University of Tokyo (American Literature), and received Ph. D from University of Hawaii at Manoa (English / Creative Writing). From 1991 to 1998, he was working for a Japanese broadcasting station NHK as TV program director. With One More Step Ahead is his first novel, which is based on his creative-writing dissertation submitted to University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2007.