The North American Post

The North American Post is a Japanese newspaper published in Seattle, Washington. As the oldest Japanese newspaper, it widely covers the nikkei community in the Northwest region. Currently it's published weekly as a bilingual newspaper in Japanese and English. A Japanese magazine Soy Source is its sister paper. 

Updated December 2014

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Hokubei Jiji The Pillar of Early Japanese Immigrants

A place to share information is part of an indispensable building block for the formation of immigrant communities. Today, various mediums serve as information transmitters that help support communities. In the early 20th century when Seattle’s Japanese American society was being formed, Japanese-language newspapers had substantial influence as the foremost source of information for Japanese immigrants.

The Japanese community saw tremendous growth around 1900 with the transfer of the Consulate office from Tacoma to Seattle, and the opening of a new shipping route by Nippon Yusen K.K. Numerous Japanese-language newspapers and magazines have been launched in parallel with ...

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Nikkei Politicians, Organizations React to WWII Incarceration "Precedent"

Japanese American politicians and national organizations shared their concerns in the past week on a recent controversial remark about World War II Japanese incarceration as a “precedent” for a potential immigrant registry. This came out after an interview on FOX News on November 16 that Carl Higbie, a co-chair and spokesperson for the Great America PAC for Donald Trump, discussed the future possibility of creating a Muslim registry.

Statements included:

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono

“The internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II was a historic injustice and nothing like it should ever happen again,” Hirono said. “The protection of ...

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New Exhibit Shares Memories of Hunt Hotel

JCCCW President Kurt Tokita recalled a meeting over 10 years ago when the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington’s project was on the table. It was the first time he heard about his own connection to the building, where his father Shokichi and family lived temporarily from 1945 to 1947.

“Since then, the cultural center project has become really personal for me,” Tokita said.

Not only Tokita but the community still remembers rich stories of their “center,” which was a daily Japanese language school for a thousand children. It was occupied as a military facility during World War II ...

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Sharing Memories for the Future of Nihonmachi

There had, for decades, been many Japanese signs and Japanese was spoken by local merchant and visitors who came and went on the street. In the late afternoon, workers might come back to share the Japanese public bath, sento, to refresh themselves and enjoy swapping stories about their day.

These nostalgic scenes are from Nihonmachi, located in a part of the current International District. From the late 19th century, the population of Japanese immigrants sharply increased while they resided in the area and came to build Japantown.

Nisei (second generation Japanese Americans) who were born and grew up in Nihonmachi ...

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Archaeological Study Maps Japanese Immigrant History in Bainbridge Island

In 150 years of Japanese immigrant history, the early time stories have rarely been discussed except for World War II or post-war activities. An archaeological research team in Kitsap County has recently been uncovering an early Japanese sawmill village on Bainbridge Island for its historic preservation.

Olympic College, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, and Kitsap County Historical Society tagged for the historical research of the Japanese village “Yama,” which existed from 1883 to 1920s in the Port Blakely Mill complex.

Along with other immigrant populations including Hawaiian, Italian, Portuguese, and others, the Japanese residential area “was a vibrant and healthy community ...

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