Kataoka Naoto (片岡直人), better known by his stage names NAOTO and EXILE NAOTO, is a performer and actor. He's member of the group EXILE, one of the leaders of the group Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS and leader of the hip-hop unit HONEST BOYZ®. He was also member of J Soul Brothers' second generation Nidaime J Soul Brothers until their migration to EXILE in 2009.
Kataoka Naoto was born on August 30, 1983 in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
He is a Saitama Prefectural Tokorozawa High School graduate. He started attending the high school's dance club at age 17 and began activities as a dancer. At age 20, he went to Los Angeles and New York (both in United states) to learn more about dance with a famous choreographer and returned to Japan after completing the studies. He then started to work as backup dancer for artists such as Hamasaki Ayumi, Goto Maki, AI, etc., and also for western artists such as Ashanti and Missy Elliott.
On November 10, he joined the revival of the group J Soul Brothers and his stage name became NAOTO.
On March 1, J Soul Brothers migrated to EXILE and he became member of the group.
On July 19, he was announced as member and one of the leaders of Sandaime J Soul Brothers, a new revival of J Soul Brothers, being a concurrent member of the group and EXILE.
In 2015, he created the apparel brand STUDIO SEVEN.
On July 14, he released his first photobook Jinsei Honoji-gumi.
On April 15, he joined the hip-hop unit HONEST BOYZ® as leader and rapper, being the first time he shows vocal abilities in a group.
On January 1, he became director of LDH apparel.
- [2003.02-N/A] JAZZ DRUG
- [2006.02-N/A] SCREAM
- [2007.11.10-2009.03.01] Nidaime J Soul Brothers
- [2009.03.01-present] EXILE
- [2010.11.10-present] Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS from EXILE TRIBE
- [2016.04.15-present] HONEST BOYZ®
Cinema / Television
-  Sakurasaku
-  Mango to Akai Kurumaisu
-  HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE 2 / END OF SKY
-  HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE 3 / FINAL MISSION
- TV Dramas
-  Okagesama de!
-  SPEC ~Keishichou Kouanbu Kouan Daigoka Mishou Jiken Tokubetsu Taisakugakari Jikenbo~ (episode 8)
-  Last♡Cinderella
-  Frenemy ~Dobu Nezumi no Machi~
-  Dear Sister (episode 9)
-  Night Hero NAOTO
- Digital Dramas
-  Genryou Boxer
- Music Video Appearances
-  BENNIE K - Better Days
-  Hamasaki Ayumi - my name's WOMEN
-  Hamasaki Ayumi - Startin'
-  Hamasaki Ayumi - BLUE BIRD
-  Hamasaki Ayumi - Beautiful Fighters
-  Goto Maki - Glass no Pumps
-  Goto Maki - SOME BOYS! TOUCH
-  AI - I Wanna Know
-  JYONGRI - Getting Funky!
-  Pharrell Williams - Happy (Japanese ver.)
-  EXILE THE SECOND - YEAH!! YEAH!! YEAH!!
-  KOBUKURO - Kokoro
-  RED DIAMOND DOGS - RED SOUL BLUE DRAGON
- Live DVDs Appearances
-  Goto Maki - Maki Goto SECRET LIVE at STUDIO COAST
-  Goto Maki - Goto Maki LIVE TOUR 2006 ~G-Emotion~
- [2015.07.14] Jinsei Honojigumi (人生ほの字組)