Keiko Fukuda

Keiko Fukuda was born in Oita, Japan. After graduating from International Christian University, she worked for a publishing company. Fukuda moved to the United States in 1992 where she became the chief editor of a Japanese community magazine. In 2003, Fukuda started working as a freelance writer. She currently writes articles for both Japanese and U.S. magazines with a focus on interviews. Fukuda is the co-author of Nihon ni umarete (“Born in Japan”) published by Hankyu Communications.

Updated February 2008

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Elena Ashmore, A Cast Member From The Popular Reality Show Born This Way

Real lives of young people with Down Syndrome - Depicting the relationships with their parents and their dilemma

When you hear “Born This Way,” you would think of the big hit song by the diva, Lady Gaga. But recently, if you search the phrase, this A&E reality show will pop up first. Yes, the much-talked-about reality show featuring young people with Down Syndrome. It is not only the talk of the town, it is being so highly regarded it even received a nomination for the prestigious Emmy Awards.

When I first learned about this show, I was at the hair ...

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A true story “Brides in America”

Moved to the U.S. in 1956 and currently resides in Ontario, California: Fumiko Lopez - Part 2

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Returning Home to Japan—and Her Father’s Rice Balls—for the First Time

In 1956, Fumiko Lopez and her husband, Luis, arrived in San Francisco. They got on a Greyhound bus heading to Southern California and started living in a renovated garage at Luis’ sister’s house in the city of Los Angeles.

“We didn’t have a house, a car, or money. We had nothing. We started our life with just one suitcase. Our garage room had no kitchen or bathroom. My husband was working in the dining hall of the army, purchasing food for ...

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A true story “Brides in America”

Moved to the U.S. in 1956 and currently resides in Ontario, California: Fumiko Lopez - Part 1

“He’s an honest person” was my first impression

Thirty years ago I read a book titled Brides in America. I was greatly inspired by the lives of Japanese women who married American officers after the war and went across the ocean. I wanted to hear their stories in their own voices. There wasn’t much time left. I sent emails to some people to see if they knew anyone, and soon one of them told me about a woman named Fumiko Lopez. When I talked to Fumiko for the first time, her upbeat way of talking gave me a ...

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Kensuke Ozaki: The Trader Who Worked Across Central America and the Caribbean Sea – Part 2

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Sales of home appliances in Puerto Rico; Starting restaurant business in Florida

Tosna International S.A. is the name of the company that I started in Panama in 1967. Tosna derives from Tosa, where I come from. I worked with Nissho Iwai as an agent who’s in charge of business in the Caribbean Sea area in Central America and launched some projects: establishing refuse disposal facilities in Panama and Honduras, building a geothermal power plant in El Salvador, and creating a microwave communication system in Guatemala. Some projects didn’t go well, due to various factors ...

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Kensuke Ozaki: The Trader Who Worked Across Central America and the Caribbean Sea – Part 1

Solving conflicts in the Dominican Republic when working at a trading company

I was born in 1938 (Showa 13), in Kochi Prefecture. Ryoma Sakamoto’s grave was in the mountain behind our house, and I grew up listening to his life stories. As for my roots, my ancestor is said to be a warrior with the last name Ozaki, who came with Kaneyoshi Ichijyo when he was sent to Shikoku.

I didn’t have anything against foreign countries. When I was three years old, my father went to the Korean Peninsula for work, and I lived in the foreign parts ...

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