About Dick Norman Grape City

Dick Norman, co-founder of Grape City, has long been committed to helping people in need. A former base operations dispatcher for the United States Air Force in Japan, he spent four years volunteering his services to the armed forces. The first half of his service was spent working with the Installations Squadron on a base in Oklahoma, after which he married his fiancee and moved to Japan. During his time in the country, he met several people and his desire to help people in Japan did not falter and he soon returned to the country as an independent contractor in 1958.

It was during this time that Mr. Norman met the individuals who would later become his business partners. After spending close to a decade speaking to residents of villages in Yamoto, Morioka, and Marumori about relief, he helped found the MeySen Academy and subsequently became a member of the school’s first board of regents. Roughly 20 years later, he co-founded Bunka Orient Corporation, now Grape City, Inc., and served as a board member for the company until his retirement in 2012. Mr. Norman continues his service to MeySen, however, and is currently a member of the advisory committee.

Work experience

Work experience


U.S. Air Force