Obituaries

Japanese designer Kenzo Takada dies from COVID-19

PARIS — Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, founder of the Kenzo brand who spent most of his career at the heart of the French fashion industry, died Oct. 4 in a hospital near Paris after contracting the novel coronavirus, his spokesperson said. He was 81. Takada was hospitalized around Sept. 10 due to poor health following […]

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Vincent Okamoto dies

Former Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Japanese American National Museum board of trustees chairman issued a statement mourning the passing of Judge Vincent H. Okamoto, “a decorated Vietnam veteran, a prominent lawyer and judge, an articulate speaker and historian and a community leader.” According to the statement, Okamoto was “the 10th child and sixth […]

Eddie Moriguchi, CPA and head of various nonprofits, dies

Eddie Moriguchi, a longtime San Francisco Japantown CPA and leader of various community-based nonprofit organizations, passed away Sept. 7, 2020 due to a heart attack. He was 91. Moriguchi, a past president of both the Japanese Benevolent Society of California (Jikei Kai) and the Hokka Nichi Bei Kai (Japanese American Association of Northern California), volunteered […]

Civil rights advocate, JA organizer, Chizu Iiyama dies

Chizu Iiyama, 98, died peacefully of natural causes Aug. 26, 2020 at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Richmond, Calif. She was one of the few remaining Nisei who could speak firsthand of the Japanese American experience in the U.S. World War II concentration camps. In many ways, Iiyama’s life was unique for a Japanese American woman […]

OBITUARY: Michael Satoshi Kagehiro

Michael Satoshi Kagehiro June 8, 1947 – Aug. 31, 2020 KAGEHIRO, MICHAEL SATOSHI, 73, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, CA. He is survived by Karen (Nakai), his wife of 51 years; brother, Ron (Mimi); sister, Laura “Bonz” (Randy Otsuki); and brothers-in-law, Marty Nakai (Helen), Gary Yamamoto (Janis), […]

OBITUARY: Shigeru “Shig” Tokiwa

Shigeru “Shig” Tokiwa March 31, 1929 – Sept. 3, 2020 TOKIWA, “SHIG” SHIGERU passed away at home at the age of 91 years old. He is survived by his wife Mary, son Dave (Michele, deceased), daughter Janice Franey (Troy), grandchildren Terra-Lynn and Maya, along with his siblings Yoshiro, Fuji, Betty, and Bob, and many nieces […]

OBITUARY: Etsuko (Yoshida) Date

Etsuko (Yoshida) Date May 14, 1921 – Aug. 29 2020 DATE, ETSUKO (YOSHIDA), age 99, passed away peacefully on August 29 2020 in Washington near her daughter Carolyn and family. Etsu Yoshida was born in San Francisco, CA on May 14, 1921. She grew up and went to school in Alameda with three brothers (Mas, […]

OBITUARY: Steven J. Doi

Steven J. Doi June 28, 1928 – Aug. 3, 2020 DOI, STEVEN J. passed peacefully at age 92 after a brief illness with his daughters by his side. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 53 years, Charlotte. Born in Auburn California to Thomas Toshiteru and Ima Doi on June 28 1928, he is […]

Lane Hirabayashi, scholar of Japanese American history, dies

Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, a prolific scholar whose work expanded the research of the Japanese American experience, died earlier this month in Southern California after a bout with cancer. He was 67. His lifelong commitment to Japanese American history followed “in the footsteps of his uncle Gordon Hirabayashi who defied curfew and evacuations orders during World […]

OBITUARY: Minako ‘Pat’ Kawauchi

Minako “Pat” Kawauchi Oct. 21, 1918 – Aug. 11, 2020 KAWAUCHI, MINAKO “PAT” passed away peacefully in her sleep Aug. 11, 2020, in Savage, Minn., at 101 years old. Born Oct. 21, 1918, to Kanichi and Yanayo Matsunami in Sacramento, Calif. Preceded in death by parents; husband Takuo; sisters, Em (Bob) Nakadoi, Alice (Jack) Kaya, […]

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