We were deeply saddened to receive the news from BDK Japan that Rev. Toshihide Numata, Chairman of Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai, passed away on February 16, 2017 in Tokyo. He was 84 years old.

Rev. Numata was the son of Rev. Dr. Yehan Numata, the founder of Mitutoyo Corporation and Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai. Like his father, Rev. Numata served as Mitutoyo President, and later as Chairman of BDK.

Under his leadership, BDK increased the number of Numata Chair programs to universities throughout the world, and oversaw the development of innovative educational and charitable programs. His passing marks the end of an era for Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai, but his legacy will live on in the work that BDK will continue to do.

His funeral will be held at Tsukiji Hongwanji in Tokyo on March 30, 2017.