WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE RAFU SHIMPO!!! Unless Rafu gains 10,000 new subscribers to their electronic version of their newspaper, the newspaper will close at the end of this year. The LA Times reported on this crisis on the front page of the April 30th issue. For 113 years the Rafu Shimpo has recorded the history of the Nikkei in Southern California and the United States. We need a community newspaper!! Organizations, like our JACL, will face difficulties in getting the word out for upcoming events. Business owners will feel a loss without this means of targeted advertising. We will lose our only source to JA activities and events for our children and grandchildren.
Please go to rafunews.com and click on subscribe. The online subscription is only $50. Information for the printed paper is attached. Please encourage all your Nikkei friends, relatives, neighbors and make announcements at churches and other organizations, to subscribe to the Rafu. It is unthinkable that our community will no longer have Rafu Shimpo.
Image on left: Rafu Shimpo front page 1942, before Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from the West Coast (source, LA Times).
Image on right: rafu.com in 2016.
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