At a young age, Haruo often earned money by selling his blood at the hospital. He eventually fainted and was hospitalized from giving too much blood. Haruo married Chieko and honeymooned in Atami. They had two children, Tsukushi and Susumu.
Tsukushi at Eitoku
Haruo's wife forced their daughter to begin attending the affluent Eitoku Academy, despite Tsukushi's protests. Chieko wanted her daughter to be successful, unlike Haruo, who she said "[was] slow to get promoted." Over a year later, Tsukushi began worrying her family as she was acting strangely at mealtimes. One day, Tsukushi became sick and was visited by Tsukasa Domyoji, heir to Domyoji Group. They promptly invited him to dinner. A few days later, Haruo and his wife tagged along on Tsukushi's and Kazuya Aoike's trip to Atami. When Tsukasa suddenly showed up, her parents urged Tsukushi to go to his party, hoping that their interaction would someday lead to marriage.
Dong Zhi Cheng portrays a version of Haruo in Meteor Garden (2001). He is an ordinary office worker until he is fired and starts working as a fisherman. His ineptness sometimes causes problems for Shan Cai (Tsukushi) and his wife, though he genuinely loves them both.