Obituaries

Cedrick Shimo, WWII military resister and Honda exec, dies at 100

Cedrick Masaki Shimo, a World War II military resister and an executive at American Honda Motors, USA, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2020. He was 100. Shimo was the only child born to Tamori and Yoshiko Urakami Shimo, both from Okayama, Japan, in Heber, Calif., in the Imperial Valley. At the time, his father […]

Irene Hirano Inouye, head of U.S.-Japan Council dies

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — Irene Hirano Inouye, head of the U.S.-Japan Council and widow of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, died April 7 in Los Angeles following an extended illness, the council said April 8. She was 71. Born in Los Angeles, she was also president and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum […]

OBITUARY: George M. Okada

George M. Okada Dec. 30, 1928 – Feb. 18, 2020 OKADA, GEORGE M, 91, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2020 at his home. He was the third son of Chiochi and Sono Okada. He was born and raised in San Francisco. George and his family were interned at Topaz, Utah in 1943. He was drafted […]

OBITUARY: Joseph Haratani

Joseph Haratani Oct. 27, 1923 – Dec. 6, 2019 HARATANI, JOSEPH found freedom on December 6th, 2019, ninety-six years after his birth in Florin, California on October 27th, 1923. Although uprooted as a teen and forced into Amache internment camp with his parents and siblings, Joe served the public good his entire life. He began […]

OBITUARY: Mutsuo “Mik” Kitagawa

Mutsuo “Mik” Kitagawa Aug. 3, 1934 – Feb. 7, 2020 MUTSUO “MIK” KITAGAWA, passed peacefully at home, sporting his beloved 49ers tee on Feb. 7, 2020 at the age of 85. Born and raised in SF’s Japantown, he called the City his home—not counting the 3 years at the Topaz Internment Camp in Utah and […]

OBITUARY: Masaye Nakamura

Masaye Nakamura Aug. 7, 1923 – Feb. 13, 2020 NAKAMURA, MASAYE, 96, passed away on February 13, 2020 at home with her family. She was the steadfast matriarch of her family, leading peacefully but with stout determination. During her lifetime, she lived through and overcame challenges and adversity that would crumble most today. During the […]

OBITUARY: Jun Maeyama

Jun Maeyama June 3, 1925 – Jan. 26, 2020 MAEYAMA, JUN, 94, was born on June 3, 1925 in Winters, CA and passed away peacefully on January 26 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kaoru Kay and is survived by his two children, Mark (Melissa) Maeyama of Pleasant Hill […]

OBITUARY: Whitey Hideo Shiro

Whitey Hideo Shiro Jan. 1, 1928 – Feb. 12, 2020 SHIRO, WHITEY HIDEO, 92, passed away peacefully in San Francisco, CA. Whitey was born in Colusa, CA to Yoshimatsu and Hatsu Shiro. He grew up in Grimes, CA (a farming community) with his brothers Kazuo, Joe, Bob, George and Jim. In May 1942, the Shiro […]

OBITUARY: Kimiyo Shironaka

Kimiyo Shironaka Oct. 30, 1921 – Feb. 3, 2020 SHIRONAKA (MATSUSHITA), KIMIYO was born in Mills, CA to Iwagoro and Hisaye Matsushita. Her early years were spent in Sacramento, CA and later farming in Rumsey and eventually Winters, CA which she always considered her home. She was married in Syracuse, KS to Ted Shironaka (1964) […]

OBITUARY: Toyome “Terry” Nakanishi

Toyome “Terry” Nakanishi Dec. 27, 1921 – Feb. 4, 2020 NAKANISHI, TOYOME “TERRY”, 98, passed away on February 4, 2020 in Monterey, California. Terry was born on December 27, 1921 in Ucon, Idaho to Yano and Mohachi Uyeno. She was the third eldest child, with 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Terry was a self-professed tomboy […]

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