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April 2019, Volume 69, Issue 4


On March 24th, 2019, Martin “Mich” Mitsuyuki Matsudaira, born in Seattle, Washington, passed away at the age of 81. Mich was the eighth of 14 children born to Thomas Tokuhisa and Theresa Hotoru Matsudaira.

At the age of five, Mich was incarcerated in Camp Minidoka, Idaho, with his family during World War II. After returning to Seattle in 1945, Mich attended the Immaculate Conception Elementary School and O’Dea High School before serving in the United States Air Force as an In-flight Refueling Specialist on tanker aircraft. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force in 1960, Mich went back to school and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Washington and his master’s degree in Public Administration from Seattle University. After graduating, he went to work for Boeing as an Industrial Engineer Manager before taking the role of Executive Director on the Washington State Commission on Asian Affairs for the Office of the Governor. Mich later founded and operated his own men’s clothing store called “Mich’s” in Seattle. In 1990, he returned to Boeing as a Financial Analyst. 

Mich was a strong advocate for human rights and equality. Mich’s long list of community service roles include working with groups such as the Seattle-King County Economic Opportunity Council, the Seattle-King County Municipal League, Board of Governors and President of the Seattle Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, Racial Audit Task Force for the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Washington State Affirmative Action Planning and Evaluation Committee, State Coordinator for the Indochinese Refugee Resettlement Programs, and the National Council for Japanese-American Redress. Mich was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on the Asian and Pacific American Population for the 1980 US Census, the National Steering Committee for the Bicentennial Ethnic and Racial Concerns Congress, National Campaign for Human Development, and Chairman of the Steering Committee to establish the City of Renton Human Rights and Affairs Commission. 

Mich is survived by his four children: Mark (Yuka), David (Judy), Melissa (Roddy), and Scott; Four grandsons: Bailey, Connor, Martin, and Nicholas; five granddaughters: Robin (Adam), Andrea, Amy, Hatsune, and Haley, and one great-grandson: Jackson. Mich’s surviving siblings include brothers Theo (Joyce), Vincent (Charlotte), Stephen (Linda) and sisters Pauline, Ida, Theresa (Wes), and sisters-in-law, Lillian, Barbara, Hisako, and Brenda. Mich is also survived by over 45 nieces and nephews. The family is incredibly grateful for the excellent care provided to Mich by Polyclinic Medical Oncology, Swedish Hospital, and Providence Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mich’s memory to: Nisei Veterans Committee Foundation (NVCF), 1212 S. King St, Seattle WA 98144.


Bill Sudo was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He passed away peacefully on February 22, 2019 with his loving family by his side. Bill was born on June 3, 1943 in Wakayama, Japan to Mamoru and Shigeko Sudo and immigrated to the US with his family in 1956. He married Sanae Nakamae on September 14, 1968 and they had three children together. Some highlights of his life are graduating from Franklin High School, serving in the United States Army, performing in Kendo demonstrations at the Seattle World's Fair and working for Nordstrom for over 40 years. He loved to watch Seattle sports teams, the Huskies, and old game shows, and he enjoyed playing golf with the Fuji Golf Club.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Sanae, children; Steven (Katja), Shawn, and Sandie Salema (Mike), grandchildren; Maia, Malia, Mealani and Haloa Salema. He is also survived by his sister Mary Fujii (Michael). Never forgotten and forever in our hearts...


Haruso "Horace" "Tak" Taketa passed away peacefully on October 12, 2018 at age 86 at his home in Kent, WA. Born in Kent in 1932, he went to Hiroshima, Japan in 1940 to help his ailing grandparents. Upon his return after the war, Haruso was reunited with his family in Quincy, WA where in high school he excelled in both academics and athletics. Haruso attended Washington State College (now WSU) before being drafted into the US Army. His military service from 1956 to 1959 included stations in Korea, Japan, and Fort Lewis. While stationed in Japan, Haruso married Sonoe Danbara; they celebrated 61 years of marriage. Haruso also had a 36-year career as a produce manager. He was an active member of his church, the Boys Scouts, Bon Odori festivals, and a coordinator of the Nikkei Concerns pickleball program.

Haruso is survived by his wife Sonoe Taketa; sons Daniel Taketa (Stephanie) and Neal Taketa; daughter Kristine Simons (Doyle); sisters Kiyoko Takashima, Alice Wong, and Dianne Sawa (Kiyo); brother Mun Taketa; sister-in-law Michiko Taketa; granddaughters Sarah, Megan, and Molly Taketa; and an abundance of loving extended family members. He is also preceded in death by parents Shikao and Shimano Taketa; brother Fred Taketa; brothers-in-law Sadamu Takashima and John Wong; and sister-in-law Arlene Taketa. Remembrances may be made in Haruso Taketa's name to Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple or Swedish Medical Center Foundation.