Obituaries

OBITUARY: Kevin E. Nagata

Kevin E. Nagata April 5, 1959 – Jan. 3, 2021 After a valiant four-year battle with cancer, NAGATA, KEVIN passed away at home surrounded by his family on January 3, 2021 after watching his Warriors win their game earlier in the evening. Kevin was born in Fowler to Tom and Jane Nagata.  After graduating from […]

Community and political activist Georgette Imura dies

She may have been diminutive, and lacked a college degree like many in the halls of the California State Capitol, but Georgette Imura nonetheless fought fearlessly for Asian Pacific American representation, mentoring hundreds along the way. In the end, only the dreaded disease of lung cancer would keep the Sansei community and political activist from […]

Judy Yung, who documented Angel Island history, dies

Judy Yung, an emerita professor of American studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz whose work helped to document the history of Asian immigration at the former Angel Island Immigration Station and Chinese and Chinese American women, died Dec. 14, 2020, the university Website noted. She was 74. Yung was the co-author with […]

OBITUARY: Keiko Kay Akashi

Keiko Kay Akashi Feb. 6, 1931 – Dec. 23, 2020 Ms. AKASHI, KEIKO KAY passed away on 12/23/20. A native San Franciscan and lifelong Konko Church member. Beloved sister of Tamotsu*, Kiyoshi*, and Sumie Sakata; and Yoshikazu* James Akashi (Sumi), Sumako Helen Takeshita, Nancy Nakai-Spink (Dale), Haruye Jane Gentile (John) and Masako Patricia Miller. The […]

Rose Ochi, who shattered glass ceilings, dies

Takayo Rose Matsui Ochi, attorney, civil rights activist and political strategist who shattered numerous glass ceilings, such as becoming the first Asian American woman commissioner on the Los Angeles Police Commission and the first Asian American woman assistant attorney general, passed away on Dec. 13, 2020, two days shy of her 82nd birthday.  Ochi spending […]

OBITUARY: Mitsue Ono

ONO, MITSUE, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on Dec 5, 2020 in San Francisco. She was born in San Francisco and raised in Odawara, Japan. Mitsue returned to SF and married Hiroyoshi Ono, where they owned and operated the Goshado Bookstore in Japantown. She was very passionate about Ohara Ikebana and achieved […]

OBITUARY: Naomi Yamamoto

Naomi Yamamoto June 1930 – Nov. 2020   YAMAMOTO, NAOMI, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on November 1, 2020, at the age of 90 in Turlock, CA. Naomi was a wonderful, loving person with a positive outlook on life and she will be truly missed. Naomi was born and raised in San […]

OBITUARY: Sachio Mae

Sachio Mae July 10, 1931 – Aug. 14, 2020 MAE, SACHIO was born in 1931 in Nakazaki, Wakayama, Japan. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1956 with two of his childhood friends. Although they were all trained in Japanese carpentry, his first job in California was picking grapes and pruning vines in Delano, and pruning […]

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 […]

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