by Tolu Omoyeni
More interesting than the news of the Nigerian Dream Team winning their first medal (bronze) at the Olympics since 2008 is the news of this Japanese man who promised the team coach and captain a reward and made good on his promise.
Like he literally just ‘dashed’ Coach Samson Siasia and team captain, Mikel Obi a whooping $390,000, just like that. For many Nigerians now loving him, Katsuya Takasu is the real MVP.
Here’s 5 things you should know about the man.
- Katsuya Takasu is a plastic surgeon based in Tokyo, Japan. He studied in plastic and cosmetic surgery in Germany and Italy, then moved back to his hometown in Japan where he performed his first liposuction in 1987. He has been the President of the Japan society of liposuction surgery since that year and is a member of many other cosmetic surgery associations in Japan.
- Dr Katsuya Takasu is a Guinness world record holder. In 2011, Dr Takasu and a friend set the record for the most golf holes played by a pair in 12 holes. Both men completed 261 holes at Kyowa Country Club, Toyota city, Japan. Now we know this man has an innate passion for sports.
- Dr Takasu has a good heart. In 1995, he set up a reconstructive surgery organisation to provide plastic and reconstructive treatment to victims of the Great Hanshin earthquake that rocked Japan that year. Wait for the best part! The treatments were provided for FREE! How cool is that?!
- Dr Katsuya Takasu is not the type of plastic surgeon who has no personal experience of cosmetic surgery. He made a resolution in 1999 and at the age of 54 to share in patients’ pains. So he underwent a series of surgical procedures himself. He had a face-lift, buccal fat removal, phenol peel, hair transplantation liposuction, upper and lower blepharoplasty and a golden thread implant. Talk about “been there, done that”. Oh what a man!
- Dr Katsuya Takasu is 71, a man of his word and a Nigerian hero of Japanese descent. We will not forget him anytime soon.