Joseph Yoshitaro Nakamura (1896-1983)

Joseph Yoshitaro Nakamura was born in Shirogane, Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan, in 1896. He was an enterprising young man striving to advance and was recognized as a business man in his early thirties. In 1940, he succeeded to a private women’s school following a crisis in which the founding Jacobin missionary left Japan due to World War II. Accepting this challenge he started his educational enterprise and founded KoseiAcademy at the age of 60.

He had a strong wish to contribute to the development and success of young people and to the local development of culture around his native area, Aomori. He was a diligent business man, hard working and made this his life’s work investing his time and capital in this educational project. For his superb achievements in local education, he was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Rays in 1969, and also received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.

When he passed away at the age of 87, he had founded 11 schools ranging from kindergarten to university in impressive school campuses of 500,000 , and a firm educational infrastructure had been established for the future of Hachinohe, Aomori.