George Arataniby Representative Mark Takano
Posted on 2013-02-27
TAKANO asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. TAKANO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the legacy of George
Tetsuo Aratani, a philanthropist and business executive who was a
champion for Japanese Americans.
Mr. Aratani was born and raised in California and, along with 122,000 other Japanese Americans, was forced into internment camps during World War II. Never letting a poor situation get the best of him, Mr. Aratani used his bilingual skills to serve his country in the Army Military Intelligence Service. Following the war, he started two successful businesses--Mikasa tableware and Kenwood electronics--and enjoyed a wonderful life with his family.
Though he achieved great commercial success, he will always be remembered for his upstanding citizenship in his community. Mr. Aratani and his wife, Sakaye, established the first endowed chair in the country to study the injustice of the Japanese American internment and the efforts to rectify it. In addition, the Aratanis gave millions in support of the Japanese American National Museum, UCLA's Departments of Asian American and East Asian Studies, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Keiro Senior HealthCare, and countless Asian American candidates.
I look to Mr. Aratani as an inspiration for all as he truly lived the American Dream.