OBITUARY: Fred Utaka Oda

ODA, FRED UTAKA, 94, resident of Watsonville, CA, passed away peacefully on September 27, 2017. Fred was born in Watsonville, CA to parents Tokuzo and Toku Oda who immigrated from Hiroshima, Japan in early 1900. He is survived by his two daughters, Becky Henry (Steve) and Diane Onizuka (Victor), five grandchildren and brothers John Oda […]

OBITUARY: Mike Yoshiaki Niimoto

NIIMOTO, MIKE YOSHIAKI, 87, passed away on October 24, 2017 in San Jose. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, he was in the flower growing business is San Jose for 34 years before he retired. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Yasuyo, his two daughters Jeannie Williams and Linda McReynolds, two son-in-laws, Roger and […]


DOI, ROY H., 84, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Molecular Biology at the University of California, Davis, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on October 9, 2017. He had been diagnosed with inoperable cancer earlier this year. Roy was born in Sacramento, California, on March 26, 1933, and grew up in Loomis, California. His […]

OBITUARY: Ralph Masayuki Yoshizuka

YOSHIZUKA, RALPH MASAYUKI, 79, son of the deceased William and Alma Yoshizuka, loving brother to Grace Namba, William Yoshizuka (deceased), Violet Makishima, Ruby Naruto, and Elaine Sanjo, and adored uncle to 15 nieces and nephews, 22 grandnieces and nephews, and 10 great-grandnieces and nephews, passed away suddenly on June 25, 2017 in Sacramento. Born on […]

OBITUARY: Kayo Iida Nakamura

NAKAMURA, KAYO IIDA, 94, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 16, 2017 in Tigard, Oregon. Kayo was born on February 25, 1923 in San Francisco and lived there for most of her life. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Kaplan; son-in-law, Mark Kaplan; and grandson, Ethan Kaplan. She was preceded in death […]

OBITUARY: Fred Kasai

KASAI, FRED, 95, was born in Santa Rosa, California on August 28, 1922. He sadly passed away on October 4, 2017. Fred was the second oldest of ten children who together with parents were evacuated during WWII to Amache Camp in Colorado. After their release, his family was directed to the Richmond Housing Project where […]

OBITUARY: Arrice Mitsuko Mori

MORI, ARRICE MITSUKO, 95, a native of San Francisco, was born on April 17, 1922, to parents Saichi and Matsuyo Mizono, founders/owners of Azumaya Tofu Company. Arrice passed away on August 14, 2017. Her brothers (George, Jack, and John) and sister (Mary Ishida) pre-deceased her. Arrice graduated from Commerce High School. During WWII, she and […]

OBITUARY: Rev. Yasunobu Kojima

KOJIMA, REV. YASUNOBU, 82, passed away on September 9, 2017. Yasunobu was born on January 3, 1935 in Sacramento to Rev. Kumakichi and Chikako Kojima. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Tamotsu Abe, sister June Coats and grandson Kieran Kojima-Black. He is survived by wife Yuri; children Rev. Brian (Yumiko) Kojima, Sharon […]

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 […]

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