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. Website: https://angeleno.net 

Updated July 2020

identity en ja

Toyota USA’s Christopher Yang, a Nisei Born in Southern California

Motivation to Study Japanese

The reason why Nisei children who were born in the U.S. go to Japanese-language schools or hoshūkō is that their parents hope that they will acquire the language of the land where their roots lie. That was also the case for my two children. Every Saturday morning, I would hurry them along to Japanese school, with not a bit of enthusiasm on their part. This is the point where children diverge. Some will rebel against having to go to school on Saturdays on top of the usual Monday to Friday, and will end up quitting ...

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Ryohei Ito: Rakkan Ramen owner who came to the US in 2017

6-Year Moving Preparations

Opening up its first restaurant in downtown Los Angeles in July 2017, Rakkan Ramen expanded with a location at Redondo Beach in the South Bay and then another in Santa Monica, CA. CEO of Rakkan USA, Ryohei Ito, moved to the United States by using his ramen as a foothold. He has now set his sights on branching further out from his base in Los Angeles across the United States and Europe. Ito’s desire to live overseas goes back over 10 years to when he traveled around the world as the chef on a large cruise ...

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Connecting Japan and the United States - Irene Hirano Inouye, U.S.-Japan Council President

“It will be too late if I don’t start now”

Irene Hirano Inouye was the President and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) at the time of its founding and served in that role for 20 years. In 2009, she established the U.S. Japan Council (USJC) whose purpose was to strengthen relations between the United States and Japan. Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the USJC. During this milestone, I had the fortune of conducting an in-person interview with Irene in Los Angeles last fall. Prior to doing my research for the interview, I ...

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Power of Our Stories

Yoshiki Nagahama of One Okinawa - Media connecting Okinawan people

Colonia Okinawa

The web magazine One Okinawa opened on October 30, 2019 as “a web media connecting Okinawan people (Uchinanchu) in the world.” (Note: October 30 is World Uchinanchu Day.) The same medium includes an interview with uchinanchu in Hawaii and a report of the fire that burned down Shuri Castle. The founder, Yoshiki Nagahama, is a former newspaper reporter of the Ryuku Shimpo and lives in Okinawa.

“I had the idea of launching this web magazine for several years. I found an airline ticket from Kansai to Hawaii around the end of April 2019 about 10,000 yen so ...

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Eden Kai, a musician and actor who was featured in Terrace House

A high school student in Hawaii who speaks Japanese beautifully

I started watching Terrace House at the recommendation of my daughter, who is a high school student. It is a reality TV program that tracks romance, conflict, and the pursuit of dreams as young men and women live together in the same house. The opening narration declares that “There is no script.” The real lives of six men and women resonate with viewers, and since 2017 the show has been available for viewing worldwide through Netflix. Terrace House has several series in places like Tokyo and Karuizawa, but I myself ...

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