An American Son: The Story of George Aratani, Founder of Mikasa and Kenwood
By Naomi Hirahara with an Introduction by Daniel I. Okimoto.
Decades before trade moved between the United States and Japan at its present pace, there was a Japanese immigrant's son with an American dream.
Born to a farming tycoon in California, George Aratani was forced to leave the family business behind when incarcerated with over 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. After the war, he traveled to Japan with little idea of what he would import from the war-devastated archipelago. What followed was the development of two powerful businesses, Mikasa and Kenwood.
The story of the many who founded these companies not only reflects the economic rebuildling of Japan, but also the struggle of Japanese Americans to make significant contributions to American history.
First in the American Profiles series published by the Japanese American National Museum.
Paper: 321 pp.