Obituaries

Japantown Task Force executive director passes

Japantown Task Force, Inc. Executive Director Robert Hamaguchi passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sept. 4 at his home surrounded by family members, after a more than year-long battle with cancer. He was 70. The Japantown Task Force hired Hamaguchi in 2006 as its executive director. He helped formulate and implement the Japantown […]

OBITUARY: Seiichi (Sam) Kimura

KIMURA, SEIICHI (SAM), 79, of San Jose, CA passed away on November 11, 2016, after a long illness. Seiichi was born in rural Oakland on September 5, 1937. At the age of 5, Seiichi and his family were part of the World War II Japanese relocation into concentration camps in Arizona and Wyoming. He served […]

OBITUARY: Chiyo Nao Wada

WADA, CHIYO NAO, 98, passed away on July 21, 2017, in San Francisco. She is survived by her children, Edward, Richard (Rita), Patricia (Grant) and Wayne (Loan); grandchildren, Christopher (Whitney), Katherine (Jeremy) and Benjamin; great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Magnolia; brother Isamu Nao; brothers-in-law Yorinobu (Shinako) Wada and Richard Hamasaki; and many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by […]

OBITUARY: George Goto

GOTO, GEORGE, 91, passed away peacefully at home on July 8, 2017. Susan, his loving wife of 62 years, was by his side. He is survived by his sister Sumi Uesugl, daughter Lesli Pineschi and son-in-law Aldo Pineschi; his son Eric Goto and daughter-in-law Deborah Goto; grand-children Evangeline Pineschi, Anthony George Pineschi and George Allen […]

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, […]

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 […]

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