Takashi Yamanaka

Takashi Yamanaka and I met at Drake University nearly 30 years ago.   From Kofu, Japan in the prefecture of Yamanashi (which at one time had the largest per capita GDP in the world), Takashi involved me in Japanese higher education when I served on the Board of Trustees of Teikyo University in Hachochi.  This cluster of universities was owned by the late Dr. Shoichi Okinaga (with degrees from Harvard and Oxford) afforded me the opportunity to introduce Karolyn, Paul Jr., Merrell and Kevin to the Japanese culture and country.  He brought his friends, __________________ and________________ to Castel to rethink so many of the incredible Japanese experiences.

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