He is from Auckland, New Zealand. While living in Japan, he was inappropriately prescribed 3 different BZs and an antidepressant without informed consent, off the back of an incorrect diagnosis (he initially had an ear problem), leading to long-term suffering and damage.
He then set out for recognition and compensation, progressing through the entire Japanese judicial system all the way to The Supreme Court of Japan. Each of the courts refused to recognize his case, despite the overwhelming evidence and the backing of Prof. Heather Ashton. Soon after the Tokyo High Court verdict was delivered, he was displaced by the 3-11 mega-quake and Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Despite the added difficulties, instead of giving in and returning home, he began campaigning for the cause by launching his website, assisting with the translation of The Ashton Manual in Japanese, representing victims / sufferers worldwide at the International Society of Addiction Medicine World Congress in Yokohama, participating in a doctor’s petition to the Japanese government, and more recently co-organizing World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day which had its inaugural event on July 11, 2016.