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BLOOMINGTON — After 84 years of bicultural adventure, dedication to his family, friends and the arts, Wako Takayasu of Bloomington took his departure on Sunday (May 22, 2011) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

He contributed to the post-war economic recovery and blossoming of Japan, first as an executive of Mitsubishi International Corp. in Tokyo and New York, and then, as the executive VP of the Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal. He subsequently served as the principal of the Japanese Saturday school, touching the lives of many students, their parents and teachers. Together with his wife, Masako, they resided in Bloomington for 25 years, growing deep roots and continuing to support the arts. 

The family thanks the doctors and staff of the BroMenn Medical Center ICU for their dedication in ensuring the best treatment.

He is survived by his wife, Masako; and his two daughters, Kazuko and Sach.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, of which he and Masako were Marquee Circle and 50K Milestone Members and Patron Sponsors. 

The visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm. Wednesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Homes in Bloomington.

Online condolences may be submitted from www.calvertmemorial.com.

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