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In Remembrance of Senator Daniel Inouye

In Remembrance of Senator Daniel Inouye

Dear Friends of the Terasaki Center,  

It is with a very heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of our supporter and dear friend, Senator Daniel Inouye. 

A World War II hero and Medal of Honor winner who lost his right arm during a battle in Italy, Senator Daniel Inouye became the first Japanese-American to serve in Congress. At 88, he was the second longest-serving senator in American history.

We were honored to have Senator Inouye visit the UCLA campus in June of this year as the keynote speaker at the Terasaki Center's 20th Anniversary event.  In his speech, Senator Inouye affirmed the enduring importance of the U.S.-Japan relationship at a time of dynamic transition in the Asia-Pacific region and the world.

We extend our sincere condolences to Senator Inouye’s family and friends, especially his wife, Irene Hirano Inouye. Senator Inouye's service to his nation, his stands against racism and injustice, and his unwavering dedication to help and support the numerous Japanese and Japanese-American communities through the United States have been an inspiration to us all.


Hitoshi Abe

Director, Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies at UCLA