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

media en ja

A man who fought against the California Alien Land Law: The story of Sei Fujii “Lil Tokyo Reporter” - Interviews with the production team and cast members - Part 3

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Actor: Eijiro Ozaki 

“Lil Tokyo Reporter” is a film led by a Chinese-American director, a third-generation Japanese-American producer and a lead actor. Since the story depicted the lives of first-generation immigrants, I was a little worried about the authenticity of the Japanese language spoken by actors, but there was nothing unnatural about their speech. I shouldn’t have worried at all in the first place. However, later I found out that they had the support from a Japanese actor, Eijiro Ozaki, so I went to have an interview with Eijiro who played the role of Sato in ...

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A man who fought against the California Alien Land Law: The story of Sei Fujii “Lil Tokyo Reporter” - Interviews with the production team and cast members - Part 2

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Executive producer: Fumiko Carole Fujita
Director and scriptwriter: Jeffrey Gee Chin
Leading actor: Chris Tashima 

Playing the lead, Sei Fujii, in “Lil Tokyo Reporter” is a third-generation Japanese-American actor and director, Chris Tashima. He found himself strongly attracted to the script. “Since it was a prewar story, I read the script without any prior knowledge. I didn’t know about Sei Fujii either. But the script was exceptionally good and the theme was just great. I felt like I had to tell the world about Fujii’s life.”

When asked how he put himself into the role ...

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A man who fought against the California Alien Land Law: The story of Sei Fujii “Lil Tokyo Reporter” - Interviews with the production team and cast members - Part 1

Executive producer: Fumiko Carole Fujita
Director and scriptwriter: Jeffrey Gee Chin

As a “new” Issei (first-generation Japanese immigrant), my life in America is all-too-peaceful, without any encounter with discrimination or inconvenience. Perhaps the only thing is my lack of English vocabulary, since English is not my native language. Aside from the well-known fact about the experience of Japanese-Americans during the World War II, the fact that they were deprived of all property and imprisoned in internment camps, the first-generation immigrants (or Issei) did not even have the right to purchase or own land. Sei Fujii, a first-generation Japanese-American from Yamaguchi ...

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Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake: Interview with Yoshihito Yonezawa the President of the Nanka Miyagi Kenjin Kai - Part 2

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Stood speechless at the sight of disaster areas: We will keep doing what we can 

Soon we will observe the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In the faraway land of America, the Nanka (Southern California) Miyagi Kenjinkai has been engaging in charity activities with their heart all going out to their hometown. While it’s not a big organization, with 100 family units, so far they have collected nearly $160,000—the achievement which no doubt owes much to the leadership of Yoshihito Yonezawa who has served as president for over twenty years.

Tanabata ...

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Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake: Interview with Yoshihito Yonezawa the President of the Nanka Miyagi Kenjin Kai - Part 1

“I was so touched by people’s kindness I wanted to do all that I could to help others” 

The Great East Japan Earthquake has become an unprecedented disaster. Nearly three years have passed since the day of March 11, 2011. There was a widespread call for support all over the world in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake; and in California, too, the Miyagi Kenjinkai, under the direction of president Yoshihito Yonezawa, actively launched and expanded its charity drive.

Japan has yet to recover from the devastation as many are still living in shelters. We decided to interview Yonezawa ...

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