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 […]

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, […]

OBITUARY: Col. Joseph Yoshito Kurata, USA (ret)

Col. Joseph Yoshito Kurata, USA (ret) Oct. 26, 1921 – Aug. 23, 2020 KURATA, JOSEPH YOSHITO passed away on August 23, 2020, at the age of 98. Joe, as he was known to friends and family, was born in Acampo, CA, to Kenji and Kotoyo Kurata, immigrants from Japan, on October 26, 1921. In fall […]

OBITUARY: Fumie Keikoan Satake

Fumie Keikoan Satake Sept. 16, 1923 – Aug. 6, 2020 SATAKE, FUMIE KEIKOAN was born on September 16, 1923 in San Francisco to Saizo and Tomoye Mizota. She was 96 years young when she attained Nirvana on August 6, 2020. She will always be remembered as someone who was full of life, kind to everyone […]

OBITUARY: Chizuko Suzie Shimomura

Chizuko Suzie Shimomura Jan. 9, 1936 – July 1, 2020 SHIMOMURA, CHIZUKO SUZIE, age 84, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at her residence in Morgan Hill, California.As a child, her family overcame the racism and discrimination of internment at Tule Lake. This instilled a sense of activism around fairness, equality, and awareness […]

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