Shigeaki Hinohara, Japan’s centenarian doctor, dies at 105

TOKYO — Shigeaki Hinohara, honorary head of St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo who continued practicing as a doctor after turning 100 and was a well-respected cultural figure, died from respiratory failure on July 18, the hospital said. He was 105. During his more than half-century as a physician at one of Tokyo’s leading hospitals, […]

OBITUARY: Yuki Shibata Ashizawa

ASHIZAWA, YUKI SHIBATA, 93, born May 23, 1924, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mas Ashizawa, parents Kiyoshi and Ai Nakamura, brothers Ichiro, Jiro and Sam and sister Kiyo. Yuki is survived by Carol Yuki (Tom), Karen Shinoda, Sue Shibata (Tim), Mark Ashizawa, Phil (Eunice) Ashizawa, […]

OBITUARY: Tom Yoshiteru Taniguchi

TANIGUCHI, TOM YOSHITERU, 96, entered into rest on June 22, 2017. Born June 19, 1921 in Fresno CA. Preceded in death by his wife Ruth of 55 years. Survived by son Alan (Marge), daughter Teri, granddaughter Vicki (Grayson) and numerous nieces and nephews. Services has been held.

OBITUARY: Ralph Sugimoto Jr.

SUGIMOTO, RALPH JR., 75, was born on November 12, 1941, in Sacramento, California. He was the son of Ralph Takao Sr. and Elizabeth Yoshiko Sugimoto. After battling with pancreatic cancer for nearly two years, Ralph passed away peacefully on May 25. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Pearl, daughter Stefanie Abdelnour and […]

OBITUARY: Jane T. Yasuda

YASUDA, JANE T., 94, passed away on May 21, 2017 in San Francisco. Born Jane Miyako Tashiro in Miami Beach, Florida, she was the eldest of 4 children. Jane is survived by her brother Joe Tashiro, children Yumi and Ken and 4 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Kentaro Yasuda, brothers Tom […]

OBITUARY: George J. Naganuma

NAGANUMA, GEORGE J., 87, born Feb. 19, 1930, of Naganuma Plumbing passed away peacefully May 21, 2017 in San Francisco.

OBITUARY: Amey Aizawa

AIZAWA, AMEY, 94, a longtime resident of the Carlisle in San Francisco, passed away peacefully with many family members and friends by her side on the afternoon of April 23, 2017. Amey was born on July 24, 1922, in Delano (now Visalia) California and was the oldest of four children. She resided in the central […]

OBITUARY: Kimio Kanaya

KANAYA, KIMIO, 84, of Foster City, passed away on May 16, 2017 due to a pneumonia illness. Kimio was born April 27, 1933 in Seattle, Washington to parents, Kiu Kanaya and Mitsuko Sasaji. He was interned with his family at Tule Lake and lived in Oregon after WWII. He moved to the Santa Clara Valley […]

API community mourns death of civil liberties champion Mike Lowry

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published by the International Examiner. Former Washington Governor Mike Lowry, an early champion of redress payments for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II and a passionate supporter of universal health care, passed away on Monday at the age of 78. Lowry was a much admired friend of the […]

OBITUARY: Yuri Shiono

SHIONO, YURI, 97 was a fun-loving and cheerful woman who loved being with her family and friends, hosting and going to parties, and cooking and eating good food. She was a sharp card player who would chatter the night away while winning hand after hand with friends. She died April 29, 2017. Yuri was born […]

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