mhagiya [at] ikedacenter.org
Masa Hagiya is Treasurer and IT Manager at the Ikeda Center. Additional responsibilities include facilities management, community relations, and English-Japanese translation. He has worked at the Center since its founding in 1993. Previously, Masa worked in New York City as a bilingual marketing manager and in the field of import operations. He received an MBA from American University, and enjoys kendo, sushi, and family outings.
Particularly inspiring to Masa is this quote from Daisaku Ikeda's message commemorating the opening ceremony of our building on Harvard Street in Cambridge in 1995:
"I feel that the underlying cause for the present confusion can be traced to the absence of philosophical systems adequate to the task of apprehending our world, and giving us a clear vision of its future. In this sense, an increasing burden of responsibility has developed upon those who live and work in the world of ideas."
He also appreciates John F. Kennedy's advice that:
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."