Ron Mamiya, cofounder of Nikkei Heritage Association of Washington, passes away

Ron Mamiya. Photo: City of Seattle

Ron Mamiya. Photo: City of Seattle

Ron Mamiya, cofounder and inaugural president of the Nikkei Heritage Association of Washington (NHAW), passed away on May 26th.

Born in 1949, Mamiya is a graduate of Franklin High School in Seattle, and a University of Washington alum. He would go on to become a Seattle Municipal Court judge, and later in his profession, was known for his leadership in the city’s community court program, and widely considered one of the foremost experts on the issue of language translation in court.

Mamiya, a sansei, will be remember for his significant contributions to the Japanese and Japanese American community. In addition to being cofounder of NHAW, the organization which the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington is under, Mamiya was also a former JACL board member, and a leader in the Japanese American Redress Movement.

"Ron Mamiya will be remembered by the Nikkei Heritage Association of Washington as a longtime community advocate and supporter. As one of the founders and co-president of NHAW we are grateful to have benefited from his vision and leadership on behalf of the Japanese and Japanese American community," said Karen Yoshitomi, executive director of the JCCCW.

Mamiya’s memorial service will be on Saturday, June 8th, at 1 p.m. at the Seattle Betsuin.

Ron Mamiya is seen in back row, second left, during a JACL’s National Committee for Redress. Other people in the photo include (back, from left) Karl Nobuyuki, Ron Mamiya, Clifford Uyeda, Ron Ikejiri, and John Tateishi. They meet with the four JA members of Congress: (front, from left) Senator Spark Matsunaga, Senator Daniel Inouye, Rep. Robert Matsui, and Rep. Norman Mineta. Photo:  Ron Ikejiri / DiscoverNikkei.org

Ron Mamiya is seen in back row, second left, during a JACL’s National Committee for Redress. Other people in the photo include (back, from left) Karl Nobuyuki, Ron Mamiya, Clifford Uyeda, Ron Ikejiri, and John Tateishi. They meet with the four JA members of Congress: (front, from left) Senator Spark Matsunaga, Senator Daniel Inouye, Rep. Robert Matsui, and Rep. Norman Mineta. Photo: Ron Ikejiri / DiscoverNikkei.org