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Toshiaki Ogasawara


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Toshiaki Ogasawara Obituary
March 30, 1931 - November 30, 2016 Toshiaki "Tosh" Ogasawara died peacefully at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA, on November 30, 2016, after a long illness at the age of 85. He was a resident of Hong Kong. Tosh is survived by his son Mitsutaka "Taka" of Sha Tin, Hong Kong; his daughter Yukiko "Yuki" of Los Angeles, CA; his brother Kiyoteru of Tokyo, Japan; his grandson Sanshiro of Columbus, OH; his granddaughter Nanako of Sydney, Australia; and his granddaughter Ayako of Nerang, Australia. Tosh was born in Tokyo, Japan, on March 30, 1931. He lived through a time of extraordinary change growing up under the grips of General MacArthur in occupied Japan where he experienced both the hardships of war and the grand potential of the West. He was an ambitious young man that was inspired by those times to learn English, travel, study and eventually build companies that contributed greatly in rebuilding the country and being part of the force that created the mighty economic powerhouse that became "Japan Inc." of the nineteen-eighties. After graduating from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University in 1966, Tosh went on to found NIFCO Inc. and was President and Chairman till spring of 2016. NIFCO celebrates its 50th anniversary in February 2017 and has dozens of subsidiary companies around the world including Simmons Co. Ltd. of Asia. He was also previously Publisher and Owner of The Japan Times, Japan's oldest English language newspaper. Over the years, Tosh enjoyed visiting Newport Beach and the Greater Los Angeles area where he sat on boards and was a trustee of several international institutions including the prestigious University of Southern California. Tosh accomplished just about everything he set out to do, and was an inspiration to many. He will be truly missed. In loving celebration of the life of Toshiaki Ogasawara, a tribute fund has been established at Hoag Hospital Foundation. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to Hoag Hospital Foundation (330 Placentia Avenue, Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA 92663) in memory of Toshiaki Ogasawara. Gifts will be directed to the Hoag Family Cancer Institute. Gifts can also be made by visiting HoagHospitalFoundation.org and selecting the "Donate" tab at the top of the main page. Or charitable gifts may also be made to the Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. You may make a gift online at www.cedars-sinai.edu/giving or call (323) 866-7763.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5, 2016
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