Masafumi Nakatani

October 26, 1953 ~ December 6, 2018 (age 65)

Masafumi "Mark" Nakatani was born on October 26th, 1953 at Ohtani, Awaji of Hyogo prefecture, Japan.  His mother is Mieko Nakatani who currently resides in Awaji, and his father is Hisao Nakatani.  Mitsuyo Takahama is his sister.  Masafumi grew up in Awaji and studied diligently since his youth.  He continued to be a lifelong learner, reading vast number of books that included numerous Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist publications, Nichiren Buddhist writings, history, business, and much more. 

After he graduated vocational school in 1972, he worked at Matsushita Electronics, which many people know as Panasonic.  In 1983, he met Kazuko Ikejiri through an omiai which is a traditional Japanese matchmaking custom, and a year later, married on March 18th, 1984 at Kanagawa prefecture.  He and Kazuko had three kids: Fumiko, Kazufumi, and Kiyoshi.  Masafumi and Kazuko are SGI Nichiren Buddhists that strove to create a harmonious family for their children.  

Masafumi's life emphatically focused on three things: SGI, family, and work.   In 1990, six years after their marriage, the young family of 5 moved to New Jersey and lived there for 12 years.  He was a dedicated worker and involved himself with numerous large projects such as the visuals at the Olympics as well as a satellite launching.  Despite his busy schedule at work, he took time to be with the family and often brought back souvenirs from countries he visited on a business trip. 

After residing in New Jersey for 12 years, the young family moved back to Osaka for 3 years.  Masafumi strove to support the family financially while advancing his career that lead him to return to New Jersey in 2005, where he worked in numerous projects until he retired in 2014.  After retirement, Masafumi continued to take on work as a sales consultant and often gave seminars at Japanese cable network companies. He struggled with his health for the past two to three years, but his never give up spirit kept the family together and allowed him to keep fighting till the end.  He took his last breath on December 6th, 2018.  Masafumi was a compassionate, wise, and intelligent gentleman of integrity.   

Masafumi was preceded in death by his father, but he leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Kazuko;  his children, Fumiko, Kazufumi, and Kiyoshi;  his mother, Mieko; his sister, Mitsuyo, brother-in-law, Chitoshi and  his niece(s),  nephew(s), cousins, and friends.


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