Community philanthropist Tomoye (Tami) Takahashi dies at 100

Tomoye (Tami) Takahashi, co-founder and owner of the Takahashi Trading Company, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 4, 2016, just short of turning 101 years old. Takahashi was known by many as a walking encyclopedia and had a wealth of knowledge and stories about the history and people of the Japantown community going back to its […]

Paul Terasaki, 86, transplant medicine pioneer, philanthropist, UCLA faculty

Paul Ichiro Terasaki, who spent three years with his family in a Japanese American concentration camp during World War II before becoming a three-time UCLA graduate, a pioneer in organ transplant medicine and a long-time supporter of the campus, died January 25. He was 86. Terasaki, professor emeritus of surgery at the David Geffen School […]

Businessman and philanthropist George Aratani dies

Businessman and philanthropist George Aratani passed away Feb. 13, the U.S.-Japan Council said in a statement. According to the Densho Encyclopedia, Aratani was 95 years old. Aratani launched post-World War II international trade efforts that included Mikasa Inc. a tableware company, which the U.S.-Japan Council said was “doing $400 million in annual sales when it […]