Nobusuke Fukuda

Nobusuke Fukuda was born and raised in San Francisco. He was educated at the University of California, MSW degree, and worked as a child welfare administrator before retirement. Fukuda is married with two children and two grandchildren. He is active with the Konko Church of San Francisco, the Boy Scouts of America, Nikkei in Retirement and a founder of the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program, San Francisco Unified School District.

Updated May 2008

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Enduring Communities

An Issei's Six Years of Internment: His Struggle for Justice

My father, Yoshiaki Fukuda, was a minister for the Konko religion. He was born in Nara prefecture in 1898, raised in the village of Kamikitayama, and graduated from Matsumoto College and the Imperial University in Tokyo. He attended the Konko seminary in Okayama ken and came to the United States in 1930 with his wife, Shinko, to do missionary work. He established the Konko Church of San Francisco and became responsible for the Konko Churches in America.

On December 7, 1941, when World War II broke out, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) came to the San Francisco church looking ...

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