Los Angeles: 1936. Eleven issues, each 8pp. Large newspaper folio. Folded, with some wear and minor loss along fold lines. Light chipping at edges. Somewhat browned, more heavily along folds and at edges. Good plus. Item #3273
Rafu Shimpo, the Los Angeles Japanese Daily News, is one of the oldest Japanese language newspapers in the United States and also the longest running -- founded in 1903, it continues to be published today. The paper initially was published in Japanese only, but in 1926 began to print a page of news in English in order to cater to second generation Japanese Americans. This scarce group of eleven issues published in October 1936 seems to have been collected by Haruki Takashi, whose articles on Pan-Asianism appear throughout this run of the newspaper. Beyond the writings of Takashi, these issues contain a wide variety of Japanese and international news, much of which is focused on the war and negotiations with China, as well as the evolving diplomatic and political situation between Japan and the United States. Additionally, there is much news concerning the Japanese American community in Los Angeles and Southern California, as well as many notices and advertisements, covering everything from politics to agriculture to sports. In all, a very interesting insight into the Japanese community in Los Angeles during the mid-1930s.