Rafu Shinpō

Rafu Shinpō / 羅府新報 [The Rafu Shimpo], (Los Angeles, CA)

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Founded in 1903, the Rafu Shinpō was the first Japanese-language newspaper published for the Japanese community in Southern California, who had been relying on the San Francisco–based Nichibei Shinbun and Shin Sekai. It was begun by a group of Japanese college students studying in the United States, and has become the longest-surviving Japanese-American bilingual daily paper published in California. The Rafu Shinpō introduced an English section in the Sunday edition in 1926; it continues to publish until today, with a gap during World War Two.


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Hayashi, Kaori. 1997. A History of the Rafu Shimpo. Osaka: Union Press.

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Onishi, Ryoko, Kaori Hayashi, and Michael Komai. 2003. The Rafu Shimpo 100. Los Angeles, CA: Rafu Shimpo.

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