- Stage Name: NAOTO (直人)
- Birth Name: Kataoka Naoto (片岡直人)
- Position: Leader, Performer
- Birthday: August 30, 1983
- Zodiac Sign: Virgo
- Height: 170 cm (5’6″)
- Blood Type: B
-NAOTO was announced as J Soul Brothers’ leader on July 19th 2010. NAOTO & Naoki have been leaders since the formation of the group.
-He is the leader of hip-hop unit HONEST BOYZ as a rapper.
-He is a member of the group EXILE.
-NAOTO was a member of the second generation J Soul Brothers’ (Nidaime J Soul Brothers) (2007-2009).
-NAOTO is apart of the groups JAZZ DRUG & SCREAM. But it is unknown whether he is still apart of both groups and if both groups are still active.
-He is born in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
-NAOTO is the oldest member in the group.
-He began dance activities & attended a dance school at the age of 17.
-NAOTO went to LA & New York to learn more about dance, after completing his studies there he became a backup dancer for multiple artist such as Hamasaki Ayumi, Goto Maki, Ashanti & Missy Elliott.
-He released his first photobook called Jinsei Honojigumi (人生ほの字組) on July 14th, 2015.
-He became the director of LDH apparel on January 1st, 2017.
-He has his own clothing brand called STUDIO SEVEN.
-NAOTO acted as himself in the 2016 drama Night Hero NAOTO.