Akira Takai, physiologist, educator. Certified medical practitioner Ministry Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, 1980; Achievements include discovery of highly specific inhibitory effect of a marine sponge toxin, okadaic acid on protein phosphatases. Recipient Rosa Lowie award, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium, 1988.
Takai, Akira Son of Tomokichi and Sachiko Takai.
Doctor of Medicine, Nagoya University, Japan, 1979.
Research associate Nagoya University, 1979—1986, lecturer, 1986—1988, associate professor, 1988—2001. Professor Asahikawa Medical College, Japan, 2001—2008. Alexander von humboldt research fellow University Heidelberg, Germany, 1986—1988.
Married Yoshiko Okada. Children: Hana, Yume, Kanta.