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The 3rd President of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
Born in Tokyo on December 28, 1878, Kanichi Taketomi graduated from the 27th class of the Japanese Naval Academy in 1897 and achieved the rank of Captain on December 1, 1918 and the rank of Rear Admiral on December 1, 1923. Rear Admiral Taketomi joined the reserves (semi-retirement) on February 25, 1924 and officially retired on December 28, 1941 (21 days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor). Kanichi Taketomi passed away on December 6, 1960 at the age of 81.
Kanichi Taketomi served as the 3rd President of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai and also trained Kimiko Koyama, the wife of a Tokyo University Professor, who later became the 6th President of the Gakkai. Mrs. Koyama in turn trained Hiroshi Doi who is my Reiki teacher. There are conflicting reports as to how long and exactly when Admiral Taketomi served as Gakkai president as both he and his successor, Yoshiharu Watanabe (a retired school teacher) both died in 1960. Some say Mr. Watanabe was only a fill in president and others say he never was president at all. The official Gakkai stance is that Kanichi Taketomi served as the 3rd President and Yoshiharu Watanabe served as the 4th.