The Rafu Shimpo

The Rafu Shimpo is the premier newspaper of the Japanese American community. Since 1903, it has provided bilingual coverage and analysis of Nikkei news in Los Angeles and beyond. Visit the Rafu Shimpo website to read articles and to explore subscription options for print and online news.

Updated September 2015

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Voices of the Volunteers: The Building Blocks of the Japanese American National Museum


In the beginning of most community organizations, there are volunteers. If one were to study American nonprofit entities, whether they’re devoted to history, culture, social services, or fighting disease, a common theme is that the enduring groups, big and small, are fueled and sustained by the incalculable contributions of their volunteers. Volunteers provide their skill, experience, leadership, time, money—and often all of the above—to a special mission or cause.

This booklet, envisioned and sponsored by Nitto Tire and translated, written and published by The Rafu Shimpo, is a collection of profiles of people who volunteer or have volunteered at …

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‘Horse’ Yoshinaga Passes At 90 - Popular columnist wrote for community newspapers for seven decades

George “Horse” Yoshinaga, a longtime columnist for The Rafu Shimpo and The Kashu Mainichi, passed away peacefully on Monday at his home in Gardena. He was 90.

Born in Redwood City, San Mateo County, to Issei parents from Kumamoto Prefecture, Yoshinaga grew up on a farm in Mountain View, Santa Clara County. After Executive Order 9066 was issued in 1942, he was interned with his family at the Santa Anita Assembly Center and the Heart Mountain War Relocation Center in Wyoming, where he got his start in journalism as a reporter for the camp newspaper, The Heart Mountain Sentinel …

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