Mary Tanaka Abo is a former resident of Juneau, Alaska. She and her family were incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and the Minidoka WRA in Idaho. She and her husband, Joe, are longtime members of the Omoide writing group.
Akiko Kusunose was born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu, and graduated from the Kyushu University Department of Law. She served as editor-in-chief of the NAP for 11 years from 1988 to 1999. She received an Excellent Article Award from the Overseas Japanese Newspaper Association in 1993. She wrote the booklet, "History of Nikkei in Washington State" (Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle, 2000).
Established in 2003, JCCCW is dedicated to preserving, promoting and sharing Japanese and Japanese American history, heritage and culture. Located at the site of the original Seattle Japanese Language School founded in 1902, JCCCW is deeply rooted in the history of the community and committed to preserving its legacy for future generations. It currently provides a wide variety of educational, cultural, recreational and social programs including the Seattle Japanese Language School, the Northwest Nikkei Museum, the Nikkei Bunko Japanese Language Library.
is retired after 13 years as a newspaper reporter and 28 years as a public affairs administrator for several state agencies. He is currently active in the Omoide writing group, JCCCW and the Nisei Veterans Committee. He spent three years in the WW2 facilities at Puyallup and Minidoca.
2019 Japan Tour traveler, for The North American Post