Masami Takahashi

Masami Takahashi is currently an Associate professor of psychology at Northeastern Illinois University. He spent the last 20 years studying developmental psychology, specializing in late adulthood. His research focus has been on the psychological strengths of older adults including the concepts of wisdom and spirituality.

He is the author of a documentary film, “The Last Kamikaze: Testimonials from WWII Suicide Pilots”, which tells the story of Japanese teenagers recruited as suicide bombers during World War Two.

He lives in Chicago with his family.

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Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

My Seven Days in March

Day 1On Friday, March 11, 2011, I found it strange that my 10-year-old daughter’s figure-skating coach called my wife’s cell phone around 9 o’clock in the morning just to ask how we were doing. Friday mornings are usually a quiet time for us because that’s the only day when my wife does not have to take our daughter to a daily pre-dawn figure skating lesson on Oakton and then drive her back before her school starts at 8:53. My wife had no idea what the coach was talking about until he muttered “an earthquake” and “Japan” in one sentence. We had …

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