|Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi|
1988 (aged 50-51)
Married with five children
|Behind the scenes|
Executed by Hans Gruber
- "Hey, we're flexible. Pearl Harbor didn't work out, so we got you with tape decks."
- ―Joe Takagi responding to McClane's question about the Japanese celebrating Christmas. [src]
Joseph "Joe" Yoshinobu Takagi was the President of Nakatomi Trading and appeared in the 1988 film Die Hard. Takagi was initiating operations of the Nakatomi Corporation in Los Angeles when a group of German terrorists seized the building to steal millions in bearer bonds. He was later shot in the head by the leader of the group, Hans Gruber, when he refused to give them the code for one of the vault locks.
Joseph Takagi was born in Kyoto, Japan on 1937. His family emigrated to San Pedro, California in 1939. During World War II, Takagi was interned at Manzanar from 1942 to 1943. Still, he earned a scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley, enrolling in 1955. He also earned a law degree from Stanford in 1962 and an MBA from Harvard in 1970. Eventually, Takagi became President of Nakatomi Trading and Vice Chairman of the Nakatomi Investment Group. Takagi was married and had five children.
Takagi hosted a Christmas party for the Corporation's employees at the newly constructed Nakatomi Plaza on Christmas Eve in 1988. The festivities were abruptly halted by the arrival of Hans Gruber and his group of terrorists, who had seized the building in a bid to steal millions of dollars in bearer bonds.
After singling out Takagi from the group, Gruber took the man away from the others and began interrogating him for information about the building's vault. Takagi was shot in the head by Hans after bravely refusing to give him the code for one of the vault locks. His death, along with that of Harry Ellis, is later avenged by John McClane after Hans fell to his death from the 30th floor of the Nakatomi skyscraper.