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Obituary: Hank ‘Toto’ Kagawa, Owner of Fish King Market

The Rafu Shimpo

Fish King in Glendale has announced that Hank “Toto” Kagawa passed away on the morning of March 16. He was 92.

OBITUARY - Juan Pollo Restaurant Founder Albert Okura, 71

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Albert Ryo Okura, the founder of the Juan Pollo restaurant chain and a major figure in the fast-food industry, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 27 at the age of 71.

Architect Gyo Obata, Founding Partner at HOK, Dies at 99

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ST. LOUIS — Gyo Obata, FAIA, a world-renowned architect who cofounded HOK in 1955 with a vision for enhancing lives through building design, passed away on March 8, 2022. He was 99.

Bishop Diana Akiyama Breaking Ground for Asian American Women

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Graphic Novel Recalls Experiences of 442nd RCT

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Against the contemporary backdrop of the immigration debate and family separation, of nationality-based travel bans and ultimately, the debate over what it means to be a loyal American, a trio of Japanese American artists has created 442, a graphic novel that recounts the experiences of members of their families and …

Playwright Wakako Yamauchi, Remembered for And The Soul Shall Dance

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Mifune Gets Posthumous Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Nearly 20 years after his passing, Japanese screen legend Toshiro Mifune has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Philanthropist Tomoye Takahashi Dies at 100

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Tomoye “Tami” Takahashi, co-founder and owner of the Takahashi Trading Company, passed away peacefully on June 4, just short of turning 101 years old.

Buena Vista: Haven in the Desert Exhibit Covers 118 Years of Alameda History

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At Buena Vista United Methodist Church’s annual Spring Bazaar, as you follow the delicious aroma of chicken teriyaki on the barbecue, be sure to find a special place to reflect on a century of Alameda history—Buena Vista: Haven in the Desert for 118 Years, a historical exhibit tucked away in …

Olympic Medalist Tommy Kono Dies at 85

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Tommy Tamio Kono, who won three Olympic medals in weightlifting and became head coach of the U.S. Olympic weightlifting team, died on April 24, 2016, in Honolulu, according to The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He was 85.

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The Rafu Shimpo is a Japanese American daily newspaper based in Los Angeles. It was founded by Issei in 1903 as a Japanese-language paper, but it now includes an English section as well.

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