Takashi Ogawa was a system consultant for Nomura Research Institute Ltd.  He was 37-years-old at the time of the attacks and came from Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan.  Takashi was in the US on business and was attending a conference on financial engineering on the 106th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center when the terrorist attack took place.

Kyodo News International, Inc stated that Takashi had only moved to Nomura Research Institute in January 2001 and that he had previously worked at a major Japanese bank.  One of his high school teachers was quoted as saying that Takashi loved English, was able to talk logically and that he had wanted to work in finance and IT since high school.

Many of us dream of being sent on important business trips and conferences abroad.  One thing is for sure, at the age of 37, Takashi achieved this dream.  The world lost many talented, successful and driven individuals that day.

Takashi was joined in New York City and at the World Trade Center by another Nomura colleague Sanae Mori: Sanae Mori’s Project 2,996 tribute.

If any of Takashi’s friends, family or colleagues would like to share their memories of Takashi or provide a photo, I would be happy to update this tribute on your behalf.

Read more about Project 2,996.

My previous tributes:
Rosa Gonzalez
Suresh Yanamadala

About Mandy Southgate

Mandy Southgate is an accountant living and working in London. She is passionate about world events such as genocide and apartheid and has a desire to understand how these events continue to occur in the modern world. With a focus on the 20th and 21st centuries, A Passion to Understand reflects her continuing research and reading on these topics.
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  1. What a great project. Thanks for sharing. Always important to put a personal story to the lives lost.

    And I love the concept of your blog!

  2. @ Erika: hi there! Thanks for popping by and leaving a comment. It is an interesting project because many people were exhibiting disaster-fatigue around the anniversary and this project tries to put us in mind of the lives that ended that day.


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