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

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Kensuke Ozaki: The Trader Who Worked Across Central America and the Caribbean Sea – Part 2

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Sales of home appliances in Puerto Rico; Starting restaurant business in Florida

Tosna International S.A. is the name of the company that I started in Panama in 1967. Tosna derives from Tosa, where I come from. I worked with Nissho Iwai as an agent who’s in charge of business in the Caribbean Sea area in Central America and launched some projects: establishing refuse disposal facilities in Panama and Honduras, building a geothermal power plant in El Salvador, and creating a microwave communication system in Guatemala. Some projects didn’t go well, due to various factors ...

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Kensuke Ozaki: The Trader Who Worked Across Central America and the Caribbean Sea – Part 1

Solving conflicts in the Dominican Republic when working at a trading company

I was born in 1938 (Showa 13), in Kochi Prefecture. Ryoma Sakamoto’s grave was in the mountain behind our house, and I grew up listening to his life stories. As for my roots, my ancestor is said to be a warrior with the last name Ozaki, who came with Kaneyoshi Ichijyo when he was sent to Shikoku.

I didn’t have anything against foreign countries. When I was three years old, my father went to the Korean Peninsula for work, and I lived in the foreign parts ...

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Franci: Nisei Musician in Brazil, America, and Japan—“Music is my language”

Conversation with father was in Japanese

“I was a timid child and did not like to stand in front of people.” Currently working as a musician who performs on stage with her angelic voice, Franci looks back on her childhood and says that she was the “ugly duckling.” Born and raised in São Paulo as a Brazilian Nisei, she is the middle of three sisters. Her father is from the Miyazaki prefecture, and he moved to Brazil when he was a child. Her mother is from the Shizuoka prefecture.

As far as she remembers, her father talked to his ...

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Dedicating His Life to Art and Community Service - Artist: Richard Yutaka Fukuhara - Part 2

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Passing on History 

On artist Richard Fukuhara’s business card, 18th century political theorist and philosopher Edmond Burke’s famous phrase is written: “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” This phrase summarizes the reason why Richard created “Shadows For Peace: For the Sake of the Children.” Richard hopes that by conveying the horrors that the victims of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced through his artwork that one day, there will be a more peaceful world. His series based on this project will be on display on March 21, 2015 ...

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Dedicating His Life to Art and Community Service - Artist Richard Yutaka Fukuhara - Part 1

Pride of Being Japanese 

When I first met Richard Fukuhara—a third generation Japanese American artist who’s known for his unique photographs—for the first time, he told me, “I am proud of being Japanese.” Prior to meeting Richard, I’d read an article about him and knew that he was born in a Japanese American concentration camp in Minidoka County, Idaho. He returned to Los Angeles after the war was over, but he and his family didn’t have a home in which to return. Instead, his family spent three months living in a church in the Little ...

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