|Anthony J. Watts. Japanese Warships of World War II. Doubleday & Co Inc., 1967.|
Takahashi seems to have been Japan's Billy Mitchell. According to Wikipedia:
In November 1934, Takahashi was appointed commander of the Combined Fleet and held this command for two years. Contrary to the battleship mentality of the old-school admirals, he spoke in favor of increasing aircraft carrier arm of the Fleet; his opinion was rejected by both General Staff and the Navy Ministry and ultimately cost him his career; he was cut off from any further information on the Navy's future.