Takeo earned a Master's of Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. His thesis work, completed in Northern Ireland and Peru, revolved around the relationship between visual art and post civil conflict communities. Takeo earned a double Bachlor of the Arts with Dean's Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Although he completed two years of biology/pre-med course work, he elected to study Social Constructions in his Asian American Studies degree and Japanese as an East Asian Studies major. In additon, he studied and worked for a year in Tokyo at the International Christian University of Tokyo, focusing on International Relations and the Japanese language and attended the INCORE summer session at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.
In his spare time Takeo helps to run a microfinance and education grant providing non-profit. In addition, he is working on a second Masters degree at Harvard University.