Wolfgang Herbert studied philosophy and theology at the University of Vienna before entering the doctoral programs on Japanese studies and criminal sociology there, gaining his Ph.D. in 1993.
He is currently teaching at Konan University and Kobe and Osaka University of Economics.

Wolfgang owns the 5. Dan of Shôtôkan Karate and is dôjô manager of the SKIF Tokushima/Jôanjima branch Dan Shôtôkan Karate,