Naohito is a Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School. Born in Japan, he moved to Hawaii at the age of eight and speaks Japanese as his first language. As an undergraduate at Pomona College, Naohito majored in International Relations with a minor in Economics, studied abroad in Argentina and Germany, and wrote his senior thesis on East Asian regionalism. Naohito was also a fellow at the Institute for International Public Policy and attended the Maryland Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. He joined Teach For America in 2011 and spent two years as a special education and math teacher at Ewa Makai Middle School, after which he received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Special Education from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
Naohito’s current research interests include ethics, social justice, and interreligious and intercultural dialogue. His goal is to become an effective communicator of the philosophy of Mokichi Okada, a twentieth-century Japanese thinker and spiritual leader.