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February 21, 1992 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After buying $626 million worth of Orange County real estate in 1990, the Japanese virtually pulled out in 1991--spending only $32 million here. According to a survey released Thursday by the Newport Beach office of Kenneth Leventhal & Co., Japanese real estate investment plunged 95% last year from the previous year--Orange County's biggest ever for Japanese activity. In 1990, Orange County ranked fifth nationally in Japanese investment; in 1991, it didn't even make the charts.
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December 28, 1998 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Holding fistfuls of congealed hot rice, Jimmy Otsuka dashed from a bay of rice steamers over to the concrete bowl and slammed down a sticky glob for the girls to mash. "We want some rice!" yelled 9-year-old Rukka Suzuki of Fountain Valley as she and her friends huddled around an empty concrete bowl--called an usa--all clutching hand-carved wooden mallets.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1990 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Japanese megamarket has opened in Orange County, offering upscaleAsian shoppers everything from fresh Oriental pears flown in from Tokyo to fine teas and late-model electric rice cookers. Japanese expatriates can choose from among 17 brands of natto , a pungent fermented soybean paste eaten with rice for breakfast. They can rent the latest hit Japanese videos (no English subtitles).
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August 10, 1996 | BILL BILLITER
The Japanese word for friends is tomodachi. Hiroko Kikuchi, 18, this week declared La Palma Mayor Duane Schuster and wife Jessie to be tomodachi. Jessie Schuster agreed: "Yes," she said, "friends." The mayor and his wife have been hosting Kikuchi during her three-week visit to Orange County. Kikuchi is among 34 students from Atomi Junior College in Tokyo who are studying English in daily classes at Calvary Chapel of Cypress.
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June 16, 1991 | Researched by KATHIE BOZANICH / Los Angeles Times
Asians and Pacific Islanders in the County by Subgroup % Change Rank Group Population Since 1980 1. Vietnamese 71,822 +271% 2. Chinese 41,403 +191% 3. Korean 35,919 +217% 4. Filipino 30,356 +178% 5. Japanese 29,704 +42% 6. Asian Indian 15,212 +206% 7. Other Asian 6,613 n/a 8. Cambodian 3,979 n/a 9. Hawaiian 3,166 +41% 10. Samoan 2,979 +48% 11. Laotian 2,893 n/a 12. Thai 2,227 n/a 13. Guamanian 1,406 +48% 14. Hmong 575 n/a 15. Tongan 345 n/a 16. Other Micronesian 247 n/a 17.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1992 | CRISTINA LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japanese-owned companies in Orange County, stung by what they perceive as growing anti-Japanese sentiment among consumers as well as criticism from their own American workers, are joining efforts to rebuild their sagging image. Already coping with volatile issues of international trade during an election year, executives at many of the 160 Japanese companies in Orange County say they now face questions from their own employees about inflammatory comments made in Japan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1993 | DEBRA CANO
Yukiko Sakamoto giggled as Michael Arvesen, a member of the Fountain Valley High School varsity basketball team, put his arm around her as they posed for the camera. "Arvesen scored 20 points!" a classmate yelled as others whooped. Sakamoto, 18, a visiting student from Japan, blushed. After the picture was taken, she turned to Arvesen, 15, and said, "Thank you." The picture is sure to be one Sakamoto will treasure about her first visit to Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1996 | BILL BILLITER
The Japanese word for friends is tomodachi. Hiroko Kikuchi, 18, this week declared La Palma Mayor Duane Schuster and wife Jessie to be tomodachi. Jessie Schuster agreed: "Yes," she said, "friends." The mayor and his wife have been hosting Kikuchi during her three-week visit to Orange County. Kikuchi is among 34 students from Atomi Junior College in Tokyo who are studying English in daily classes at Calvary Chapel of Cypress.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1991 | JOHN PENNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mayor Peter M. Green and a representative from the city's Sister City Committee on Friday chastised City Councilman Jack Kelly for a remark he made about a group of Japanese visitors during this week's council meeting. Kelly's comment came during Monday's meeting as a delegation from Anjo, Japan, Huntington Beach's sister city, was presenting Green with a $93,000 check to assist the Municipal Pier reconstruction project.
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April 9, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Surrounded by Japanese lanterns and pine trees artistically pruned to resemble bonsais, about 1,000 people turned out Saturday to celebrate Hanamatsuri, or the birth of Buddha, with dance, music and food. In its 30th year, the weekend event at the Orange County Buddhist Church raises money for the church, which has a congregation of about 900 members, said the Rev. Marvin Harada.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1993 | DEBRA CANO
Yukiko Sakamoto giggled as Michael Arvesen, a member of the Fountain Valley High School varsity basketball team, put his arm around her as they posed for the camera. "Arvesen scored 20 points!" a classmate yelled as others whooped. Sakamoto, 18, a visiting student from Japan, blushed. After the picture was taken, she turned to Arvesen, 15, and said, "Thank you." The picture is sure to be one Sakamoto will treasure about her first visit to Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1992 | DEAN TAKAHASHI
As Joe Akiyama tossed bait into a pond, the shapes began to move. From under lily pads, multicolored, foot-long koi darted for the food. Suddenly the water became a moving mass of hues, like a watercolor painting changing shape. "They can recognize people; they're intelligent," Akiyama said, staring at the feeding frenzy. "They know who feeds them, and they swim over by your side." Akiyama and his wife, Sumie, are keepers of tradition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
Japanese businesses with Orange County divisions donated about $64,000 in cash and equipment last week to dozens of schools that children of Japanese workers attend while living in the United States. This is the third year the association's Orange County members have donated cash and other items to county schools. "This program was not brainstormed in response to anti-Japanese sentiments at all," said Gretchen Booma, a spokeswoman for the Japan Business Assn. of Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1992 | CRISTINA LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japanese-owned companies in Orange County, stung by what they perceive as growing anti-Japanese sentiment among consumers as well as criticism from their own American workers, are joining efforts to rebuild their sagging image. Already coping with volatile issues of international trade during an election year, executives at many of the 160 Japanese companies in Orange County say they now face questions from their own employees about inflammatory comments made in Japan.
NEWS
February 21, 1992 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After buying $626 million worth of Orange County real estate in 1990, the Japanese virtually pulled out in 1991--spending only $32 million here. According to a survey released Thursday by the Newport Beach office of Kenneth Leventhal & Co., Japanese real estate investment plunged 95% last year from the previous year--Orange County's biggest ever for Japanese activity. In 1990, Orange County ranked fifth nationally in Japanese investment; in 1991, it didn't even make the charts.
NEWS
November 28, 1991 | CRISTINA LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stung by criticism that their support for local charities has been lackluster, a team of Japanese business executives has begun an aggressive campaign to draw contributions from more of the county's 160 Japanese companies. Led by Yoshinori Taura, president of Mazda Motor of America Inc.
NEWS
December 9, 1989 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Costa Mesa couple's charges that the Nissan Motor Corp. planted a Japanese man in their house as a corporate snoop are "totally absurd" because the young employee was "very up front" about his efforts to study the automotive habits of an American family, officials with the firm said Friday.
NEWS
November 28, 1991 | CRISTINA LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stung by criticism that their support for local charities has been lackluster, a team of Japanese business executives has begun an aggressive campaign to draw contributions from more of the county's 160 Japanese companies. Led by Yoshinori Taura, president of Mazda Motor of America Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roy Sakioka, a self-effacing man who has made his fortune in farming and development, has never been one to seek publicity. But in recent years this 92-year-old Japanese immigrant, who lives in a modest Costa Mesa ranch house, has been unable to avoid the spotlight he has shunned for so long. Last year he donated $100,000 to the White Memorial Medical Center Foundation to show his appreciation of the Los Angeles hospital, which in 1988 implanted a pacemaker in his heart.
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