Mike Murase

Mike Murase is an administrator at a community-based nonprofit agency in Los Angeles. He lives in Culver City, California. He considers himself a news junkie and a workaholic, but finds the time to enjoy photography, basketball, the outdoors, and Facebook.

Updated July 2014 

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Hiroshima and Obama: His Soaring Rhetoric and the Difficulties of Winning Peace

A few weeks ago, I awoke in the middle of the night and heard President Obama’s familiar voice. I hadn’t planned on listening in real time to his speech in Hiroshima, but his usual eloquence lured me to stay up and watch.

“Seventy-one years ago, on a bright cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world changed,” Obama had begun his solemn address. “Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima? … We come to mourn the dead… Their souls speak to us.”

“The world was forever changed here, but today the children of this city will …

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Nikkei Chronicles #3—Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

Don't Call Me Michael!

I was born in Japan. My birth name is Murase Ichiro [村瀬一郎]. My obaachan proposed “Ichiro”—a name not uncommon for a first-born male, but she also had another reason. My grandmother, who taught at Kyoritsu Women’s University in Tokyo, had been a friend of the mother of Hatoyama Ichirō, a Japanese politician who later headed the center-right Liberal Democratic Party and became the Prime Minister of Japan. (He’d be turning in his grave to know that a person with progressive, left-leaning politics was named after him.)

When I came to America at age nine, we first lived in …

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