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Hiroshi Nakachi (中地 宏)
Born2 March 1932
Awase, Okinawa Island
💀Died25 October 2022
Tokyo, Japan25 October 2022
🏫 EducationUniversity of Tokyo; University of Pennsylvania
💼 Occupation
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Hiroshi Nakachi (中地 宏, March 2, 1932 – October 25, 2022) was a Japanese certified public accountant (CPA) from the Ryukyu Islands specializing in the field of international accounting. He was a recipient of several Medals of Honor (Japan) in the name of the Emperor – the Medal with Yellow Ribbon (in 1996) and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon (in 2002).

Hiroshi Nakachi became the first Japanese CPA to become a US CPA. He participated in the establishment of the New York office of Tohmatsu & Aoki Audit Corporation (Tohmatsu, Aoki & Nakachi, NYC), now Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. He served as the President of the Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants and was a key advisor to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Ministry of Finance (Japan), and the Financial Services Agency. He also served on the boards of TV Tokyo, Ito Yokado Holdings (now Seven & I Holdings), and Shinkin bank.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hiroshi Nakachi was born in Awase, Okinawa Island. In 1944, during World War II, he was evacuated along with his older sister from Okinawa Island to mainland Japan to escape the anticipated American invasion of the Ryukyu Islands. The other evacuation ship of school children that departed Okinawa Island for mainland Japan at the same time was the Tsushima Maru which was sunk by the submarine USS Bowfin.[2]

In Tokyo, he excelled in school, despite having to learn Japanese, a different dialect than his native Ryukyuan, as a teenager. After high school, he went to the University of Tokyo where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics in 1954. Nakachi then attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as a Fulbright Scholar, earning an MBA in 1957.[1] At Wharton, he also pursued research on the island economies of Hawaii and Puerto Rico to prepare him to contribute to the reconstruction of the economy of the Okinawa Islands. After graduating from Wharton, he was a lecturer and associate professor at the University of the Ryukyus which was founded under the auspices of the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands. In 2011, he also helped establish the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

Career[edit]

From 1969 to 1995, Hiroshi Nakachihe worked at Tohmatsu & Aoki Audit Corporation (now Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu), establishing the New York office of Tohmatsu & Aoki Audit Corporation (Tohmatsu, Aoki & Nakachi, NYC). In 1997, Nakachi established the Nakachi Audit Corporation. Three years later, he founded the Nakachi Management Research Institute. He also served as Executive Director of the International Committee of the Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Vice Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the World Congress of Accountants in Tokyo, and Representative of Japan to the Board of the International Federation of Accountants.[1]

From 1998 to 2001, Hiroshi Nakachi was the President of the Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He contributed to the internationalization of Japanese accounting standards. In 1998, he was asked to be one of five members of the Financial Reconstruction Commission, which was responsible for resolving bankruptcies and injecting public funds into banks. In 1999, at the request of Governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, he assumed the position of Advisor to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government for public accounting reform.[1]

Nakachi was also a member of the Certified Public Accountants Examination Committee of the Financial Services Agency, member of the Business Accounting Council of the Financial Services Agency, member of the Commercial Law Subcommittee of the Legislative Council of the Ministry of Justice (Japan), special member of the Tax Research Committee of the Ministry of Finance (Japan), and Advisor of the Financial Services Agency.[1] He also served on the boards of TV Tokyo, Ito Yokado Holdings (now Seven & I Holdings), and Shinkin bank.

Author[edit]

  • Nakachi, Hiroshi (1985). World Accounting Trends: 80 Years of International Accounting Conferences. Dobunkan Publishing. Search this book on [3]
  • Nakachi, Hiroshi (2001). Local Government Management and Functioning Balance Sheets. Gyosei. Search this book on [4]
  • Nakachi, Hiroshi (2003). Local Government Management and Administrative Evaluation System. Gyosei. Search this book on [5]

Personal life[edit]

Nakachi met his wife, Katsuko, while he was living in Philadelphia as a Fulbright at the University of Pennsylvania. She was a student at Bryn Mawr College. The couple have two daughters, Mari and Junko, and four grandchildren.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Hiroshi Nakachi dies, former chairman of the Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants]". The Nihon Keizai Shimbun. 11 November 2022. Retrieved 24 November 2022.
  2. "USS Bowfin (SS-287) - Tsushima Maru Sinking" USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  3. "World Accounting Trends: 80 Years of International Accounting Conferences". Amazon. ASIN 4495135511.
  4. "Local Government Management and Functioning Balance Sheets". Amazon. ASIN 4324066019.
  5. "Local Government Management and Administrative Evaluation System". Amazon. ASIN 4324070806.



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