- "Yeah, I'm always groovin' man! If I move, more customers may come!"
- ―Tom talking to Ryo.
Tom Johnson (トム ジョンソン Tomu Jonson) is the owner of Tom's Hot Dogs. He dances, hoping that it will attract more customers.
He is an American from New York who, after hitchhiking around the world, decided to remain living in Japan. As such, his Japanese speech is a little broken.
Tom also has a girlfriend, Honey Jackson, who is also from America and helps him out at the hot dog stand. Her Japanese is better than Tom's, so she helps Tom by improving his speech.
He runs a hot dog stand which can usually be found in Dobuita, but sometimes he sells them at the New Yokosuka Harbor District. Tom and Ryo Hazuki have been friends for a while so he is always willing to try and help him.
After Ryo is fired at the harbor job, he sees Tom during lunch where he's serving hot dogs at the harbor and he teaches Ryo the Tornado Kick. However, as Ryo is getting ready to leave Japan, Tom reveals that he is going back home to America.
- Tom's zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he has a B blood type.
- Originally, Tom's t-shirt design was a skeleton dressed as Uncle Sam as seen in What's Shenmue?. However, this was changed to the "Tom's Hot Dogs" logo in the final version of the game.
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