From Television and Film Character Encyclopedia


Joseph "Joe" Yoshinobu Takagi is the President of Nakatomi Trading and the Vice Chairman for the Nakatomi Investment Group for the Nakatomi Corporation in Los Angeles, California. He was born in Kyoto in 1937 and his family emigrated to San Pedro, California in 1939. He was forced into the Manzanar interment camp from 1942 to 1943. Takagi was a scholarship student at the University of California in 1955. He received a Law Degree from Stanford in 1962 and an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1970. Takagi has five children.

During the events of Die Hard (1988) played by James Shigeta

Takagi makes an announcement at the Christmas party congratulating his workers on a successful year. John McClane walks up to Takagi and Takagi guesses he is looking for Holly Gennero McClane. Takagi walks John to Holly's office and they find Ellis snorting cocaine on her desk. Holly walks in and hugs John. Hans Gruber goes to the 30th floor along with Franco, Alexander, Marco, Uli, Fritz and James. They then shoot in the air to get the attention of the party goers. Hans demands to know which among the people is Takagi. Takagi steps forward and is taken away by Hans. Takagi is brought to his office and Hans tells him, he wants the system key code so he can steal the $640,000,000 in bonds in the building vault. Takagi refuses to give the code and Hans shoots him in the head.