Takamine, Jokichi (jōˈkēchē täkäˈmĭnāˌ) [key], 1854–1922, Japanese chemist. He served (1881–84) as chemist in the employ of the Japanese government and (1887) organized a fertilizer manufacturing company. In 1890 he settled in the United States, where he did research in applied chemistry. He isolated adrenaline (1901) and Taka-Diastase (an enzyme of rice malt). He also devised methods of using the diastase as a starch digestant in manufacturing.