Ben Wada was born in Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture. After attending Sugamo Middle School and Senior High School, Wada graduated from the Drama department of the Literature Faculty at Waseda University. He joined NHK in 1953 and worked as a freelance director. His contemporaries include Hisanori Isomura and Naoya Yoshida. Working primarily as a director/producer, Wada was in charge of projects such as Ashura no gotoku, Za Shōsha and numerous TV dramas. He retired in 1987 and continued to make advances in his field even after retirement. Harimao was Wada's debut as a film director.
Wada published a collection of memoirs and writings entitled TV Autobiography—Farewell My Love in 2003.
- The Perfect Education (1999)
- Harimao (1989)
- PHILIP BRASOR (Jan 19, 2003). "Amateurish TV? Well let it be, just let it be". Japan Times. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
saw fit to question the show's status as an inviolable cultural event when it invited former NHK director Ben Wada and former Fuji TV producer Takeshi Yokozawa to debate the show's significance
- MARK SCHILLING (March 2, 1999). "In time you will learn to love me". Japan Times. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
The story line of Ben Wada's "Kanzen-naru Shiiku (Perfect Nurture)" plays like Bill's fantasy of what he would have done with Monica if he hadn't been encumbered by that inconvenient wife and job