OBITUARY: Lawson Iichiro Sakai

Lawson Iichiro Sakai Oct. 27, 1923 – June 16, 2020 SAKAI, LAWSON IICHIRO, born October 27, 1923, resident of Morgan Hill, California passed away peacefully on June 16, 2020. Lawson was born and raised in Montebello, California, moved to Colorado for a short time during WWII before enlisting in the army. He served in the […]

OBITUARY: Shizu Fujimura

Shizu Fujimura July 30, 1917 – May 25, 2020 FUJIMURA, SHIZU, 102, quietly slipped away in her San Francisco home of 70 years on May 25, 2020. Born in 1917 in Isleton, CA to Utaso and Ai Fujikawa. She is survived by her beloved children Art Sera (Bonnie), Tom Fujimura (Sharon) and Ellie Riley, Grandchildren […]

OBITUARY: Terri Higa

Terri Higa HIGA, TERRI, 64, Hawaii-born yonsei resident of Foster City, passed away suddenly May 5, 2020. Founder of Higa Automotive, Terri was a beloved mechanic to the Bay area API community for decades. A pioneer and leader in API LGBTQ organizations O-Musubi, APLBN and APIQWTC among others, Terri was a key participant in JACL’s […]

OBITUARY: Mary Hosokawa Takai

Mary Hosokawa Takai TAKAI, MARY passed away peacefully on May 16, 2020 with her family by her side. She was 97 years old and a resident of Pacheco, CA. Devoted wife for sixty years of the late Lt. Col Roy T. Takai, she was the beloved mother to five children, seven grandchildren and two great […]

OBITUARY: Mikiko Eto

Mikiko Eto Sep. 14, 1919 – March 23, 2020 ETO, MIKIKO was born on Sep. 14, 1919 in Castroville, CA and passed away suddenly, but peacefully at her home in Campbell, CA on Mar. 23, 2020 at the age of 100. Preceded in death by her husband, Tom; siblings Michio Abe, Miyoko Yuki, and Hideo Abe; […]

OBITUARY: Amy Oishi Takaki

Amy Oishi Takaki June 29, 1915 – Jan. 25, 2020 TAKAKI, AMY OISHI, 104, a longtime resident of Berkeley, California died peacefully in her Berkeley home on January 25, 2020. Her parents were the late Seizo and Rui Oishi, founders of the Oishi Nursery in Richmond, California. Preceding her in death were her siblings: Mitzi […]

OBITUARY: Kiyo Yamamoto

Kiyo Yamamoto March 19, 1924 – March 7, 2020 YAMAMOTO, KIYO “KAY”, 95, of Oakland, CA, passed away surrounded by her family on March 7, 2020, twelve days short of her 96th birthday. Born in Honolulu, HI she grew up in Southern California, one of six Ikeda sisters. She was the last of the surviving […]

Hatsy Yasukochi, respected S.F. J-Town business owner, passes

Noted San Francisco Japantown business owner, Hatsuye “Hatsy” Yasukochi, passed away from the coronavirus in the early morning of March 27, 2020. She was 80. Yasukochi was born March 7, 1940 in Oakland, Calif. She grew up in Concord, Calif. and graduated from Mount Diablo High School in 1958. She attended San Francisco State University. […]

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 […]

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