Our Mission

1 – Preserve Japantown for Future Generations

2 – Advocate for Japantown

3 – Promote Japantown

4 – Ensure that Japantown Develops Thoughtfully

5 – Engage the Youth in Japantown

6 – Develop a Strong, Diverse Board, Representative of Japantown

The Japantown Community Congress of San Jose (JCCsj) is a 501(c)3 public benefit charitable institution formed from the guidelines and requirements of California State Legislation SB 307 and Proposition 40 capital improvement projects for the historical and cultural preservation of the last three remaining Japantowns in the U.S. 

The JCCsj board is comprised of organizations and individuals with interest and concern for the historic and cultural preservation of Japantown and the development of the Japantown district, venues, businesses, and residences. 



"…I feel so blessed to work in and be a part of such a wonderful and mobilized Japantown community, which I credit to the community leaders that work collectively together through the Japantown Community Congress of San Jose."

– Ryan Kawamoto,
Executive Director, Yu-Ai Kai


Our Board


John Ristow, President

Helen Hayashi, Vice President

Vickie Taketa, Vice President

Richard Kogura, Treasurer

Rich Saito, Secretary


Board Members

Janice Doi
Dr. Jerrold Hiura
Rev. Keith Inouye
Ryan Kawamoto
Darcie Kiyan
Andrew Knaack
Neil Kozuma
Roy Hirabayashi
Tamiko Rast
Michael Sera
Pam Yoshida