Toichi Takenaka (MBA ’68), president and chief executive officer of one of Japan’s largest and oldest architecture and construction firms, visited Michigan State University last month to tour his alma mater and meet with key university representatives.
Takenaka, who runs the Takenaka Corporation, met with MSU President Lou Anna Simon and Sanjay Gupta, The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean of the Eli Broad College of Business, on this fourth return to campus as an alumnus.
“Having Mr. Takenaka visit campus was a wonderful experience for us. We had the chance to extend a warm welcome back and show him some of the new buildings around campus, particularly the Broad Art Museum, and talk to him about some of the exciting happenings on the horizon for the Broad College,” said Dean Gupta.
The Takenaka Corporation is nearly 400 years old and was responsible for many prominent architectural landmarks. Today, Takenaka has 20 overseas offices and the largest construction research and development laboratory in the world. Takenaka Corp. became the first construction company to win the Deming Prize in 1979 and again the first in the industry to win the Nippon Quality Control Medal in 1992, both in recognition of Total Quality Management efforts.