One of the most popular names in the Japanese adult movie industry is 24-year old Kohey Nishi.

Known for his miniature stature, Nishi stands at 3 feet and 6 inches, thanks to a medical condition he was born with.

Kohey Nishi

In an interview with Vicethe star of movies such as Having Sex in the Magic Mirror Box Car with a Female College Student with F-Cup Breasts Who Wants to Be a Kindergarten Teacher, opened up about his condition, life and more.

Read excerpts from the interview below.

Did you intentionally market yourself as someone who looks like a child? Are you aware of that being your appeal in the market?
Yes. There is no one who is an adult and looks like a kid more than me! And not just for the porn industry. You cannot cast actual kids sometimes, so I’d like to fill the gap in that market.

What is the condition you have and what are the health concerns and difficulties that come with it?
I was diagnosed with mucopolysaccharidosis, a progressive incurable disease. I had a marrow-bone transplant and it stopped the development of the disease. It was like a miracle because today it is said that the remedy has no effect.

Having said that, once you get the symptoms, you don’t recover. Moreover, I’ve got some after effects from rhabdomyosarcoma and a brain tumor I was diagnosed with when I was 3 years old. So I have some physical difficulties. I don’t get taller. I cannot stand on my own feet for more than five minutes. I cannot open a plastic bottle. I hardly hear in my left ear, and so on. Yet I have become used to my condition because I have lived in it since I was little. Though sometimes I need somebody’s help, I can also handle these difficulties with my knowledge. For example, I can open a plastic bottle with a pair of nippers.

My only anxiety is about my neck. It’s too weak so I may be paralyzed from neck down if I damage my spinal cord. But I believe I could get over that difficulty. I try not to worry too much because it can’t be helped. I will consider what to do when I am paralyzed.

What were you doing before your porn career? What would you like to do after?
Before starting my porn career, I used to work as a computer programmer for a year and half at a company, and then for a half year as freelancer. I’d like to perform in non-erotic dramas and movies and American porn in the future.