Despite facing challenges as a biracial in Japan, NBA star Rui Hachimaru acknowledges it and proudly speaks of his half-Japanese and half-Beninese heritage. He didn't even know English before coming to the USA but learned it by listening to rap music and watching lots of English movies and TV shows.
Rui is a professional Japanese basketball player, who currently plays as small/ power forward for Washington Wizards of NBA. As one of the top NBA prospect, his salary has been projected to rise to $20.3 million from $9.2 million by the Forbes list.
A Toyama native athlete, Rui Hachimura, was born on 8 February 1998. The 21-years-old NBA prospect is of Aquarius zodiac. His Japanese name Rui was given by his grandfather because he was a great fan of baseball. Also, the name has it's one meaning as 'base' or 'fortress.'
Rui also played baseball in his early years but piqued interest in basketball and led the team of Meisei High School in the All-Japan High School Tournament. The talented star got invited to the Jordan Brand Classic in April of 2015 and entered Gonzaga Bulldogs for the U.S. in December of the same year.
Although Rui currently plays for the U.S. team Washington Wizards, he possesses a Japanese nationality. However, his ethnicity is mixed (half-African and half-Japanese). The NBA player Rui, who is listed at the height of 2.03 m (6 feet 8 inch), holds an approximate weight of around 225 lbs (105 kg).
Rui Hachimura is half-Japanese and half-Beninese from his parents' side. His mother, Makiko Hachimura, is Japanese, whereas his father Zakari Jabil hails from a West African country, Benin. Makiko and Zakari welcomed four children in the family before their separation.
During his debut in basketball, Rui wore a suit paying tribute to both of his Japanese and Beninese heritage.
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His family still resides in Sendai, Japan, the place where Rui grow up during his childhood years. They often come to the USA to visit Rue, for instance, during his 2017 final tour, and back in December 2016.
Among his four siblings, one is his sister named Amina Hachimura, and a younger brother, Allen Hachimura. Like Rui, his brother Allen is also a basketball player, who likes to define themselves as 'Black Samurai' on his Instagram.
Rui Hachimura with his sibling brother Allen Hachimura (Photo: Instagram)
Although he faced some problems due to his heritage during his high school years, the Japanese professional NBA Rui is proud of being biracial in Japan.
Is Rui Dating?
The 21-years-old NBA prospect Rui's love life has always been a matter of curiosity among his fans. Unfortunately, the detail of his romantic association is a complete mystery. He has not given any signs of his dating relationship or any possible girlfriends.
Until unless Rui decides to come forth with the indication of his relationship, his love life will remain behind the curtains. As of now, it seems like rather than building a romance, Rui is focusing on his basketball career.