|Owner(s)||Los Angeles News Publishing Co.|
|Publisher||Michael M. Komai|
|Editor||Gwen Muranaka (English), Takashi Ishihara (Japanese)|
|Language||Japanese / English|
|Headquarters||701 E. Third Street, Suite 130
Los Angeles, CA 90013
The paper began in 1903 as a one-page, mimeographed Japanese-language newspaper produced by Rippo Iijima, Masaharu Yamaguchi, and Seijiro Shibuya. H. T. Komai became publisher in 1922, beginning a family dynasty. He was succeeded by son Akira and grandson Michael.
Togo Tanaka, the editor of the paper's English language section, appealed unsuccessfully to the United States government to allow the paper to continue printing in the event of war with Japan, and oversaw the paper's last edition before he was sent to the Manzanar internment camp.
The paper ceased publication in 1942 due to the Japanese American Internment. It was revived in 1946, due to Akira Komai's foresight and the loyalty of his employees. Komai had arranged for the paper's rent to be paid during the war and hid the Japanese type under the floorboards.
- Yokoi, Iris (September 19, 1993), "LITTLE TOKYO - Extra! Extra! Rafu Shimpo Is 90", The Los Angeles Times
- Woo, Elaine. "Togo W. Tanaka dies at 93; journalist documented life at Manzanar internment camp", Los Angeles Times, July 5, 2009. Accessed July 7, 2009.
- Teresa Watanabe, "L.A.'s Little Tokyo looks to save struggling newspaper", Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2010.
- Rafu Shimpo Official Site
- Rafu Shimpo Official Site (Japanese)
- "Rafu Shimpo" from Densho Encyclopedia, Eiichiro Azuma
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