Nobuhiko (“Nobi”) Ochiai is a Japanese author and journalist. He’s written over 140 books in hardcover and 120 in paperback, both fiction and non-fiction. Published by major Japanese firms such as Shogakukan, Shueisha, Kobunsha, Bungeishunju, and Kadokawa Haruki Publishing, they have sold more than 120 million copies.
Educated in Japan and at Albright College in the US, Nobi initially worked in oil exploration. In 1973, he returned to Japan and started a career in journalism and writing. His first book came out in 1977.
Nobi is well-known in Japan as a journalist and author of global experience. Asahi Beer recognized this image when they used his endorsements in a series of beer commercials in international settings. (Click here, here, and here for examples on Youtube.)
His Japanese website is at NobiOchiai.com (click here).
A Japanese wikipedia entry on Nobuhiko Ochiai is here.