Hachiro Ohtomo

(b. 1936) Shin-issei welding business owner

Business in Missouri (Japanese) My daughter couldn’t fit in Japan, so I decided to go back to America (Japanese) Facing discrimination in America (Japanese)

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Hachiro Ohtomo was born in August, 1936, in Ono-mura, Monou-gun (currently Higashi Matsuyama City) in Miyagi Prefecture to parents who made a living by farming and fishing. He moved to Yokohama right after high school graduation and became a plumber, engaging primarily in construction works of power plants. In 1961, at age 25 he established a contractor of power plants ‘Kahoku Sangyo’ with his brother gaining success, yet he left the company and started his own business, after conflicts with his brother. In 1975, he ran for mayor in Yokohama but lost the election. He then decided to move to America. He obtained a green card and moved to Kansas City in the state of Missouri, where his sister lived at the time, with his wife and two daughters but returned to Japan after a year and a half. As his daughter couldn’t fit in the life in Japan, however, after 10 months he decided to go back to America with his family. In 1978, he moved to Los Angeles with his family. He has lived in Monrovia, California since then and has been engaged in the welding business (AAM Welding Company) in Baldwin Park. (October, 2017)

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