Mitsunari Kanai (1938-2004), was an aikido teacher born in Japan, who spent most part of his teaching career in the US. He was an 8th dan teacher with the title shihan in the organisation Aikikai.
Kanai was one of the last group of uchi-deshi under the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. He entered the Aikikai in 1958 as an uchi-deshi at Hombu Dojo. He came to the United States in 1966 as a 4th dan and subsequently founded the New England Aikikai, currently located off of Porter Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was instrumental in the early development of Aikido in the United States and Canada, and taught seminars widely throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He was one of the founders and a Technical Director of both the USAF and the CAF.Mitsunari Kanai - Wikipedia