The Planning Committee of the Ties That Bind (TTB) Southern California Japanese American Leaders Forum will hold an important gathering on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Japanese American Cultural Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo.

The group will discuss “How to Deal with Change in Our Nikkei Community.”

Ties That Bind is a gathering of Nikkei community leaders to discuss important current issues facing the community and how they can be dealt with so that the community will continue to grow and thrive.

TTB Chair Bryan Takeda cited recent developments such as gentrification in Little Tokyo, the proposed sale of Keiro’s facilities, and Toyota’s decision to leave Torrance as examples of changes impacting the Nikkei community.

“The community is changing very quickly both within as well as outside of our communities. Major changes are taking place in our communities, including generational, inter-cultural and economic changes,” Takeda said. “We also see challenges to our ethnic neighborhoods and groups due to gentrification and we need to know how best to confront these challenges and potential threats. We hope that leaders from the Nikkei community in the Southland will come together on Oct. 17 to come together for this critical discussion.”

The TTB planners have invited Dr. Hiroko Higuchi Muratsuchi, a graduate of Tokyo University, to be the keynote speaker. She will address how nonprofits have helped the Nikkei community to endure over generations. There will also be a panel composed of Leslie Ito, CEO of the JACCC, and Nancy Oda, past president of the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, as well as other invited participants.

There will be time for small group and open discussion, including for Japanese speakers, to share their thoughts on dealing with the challenges that come with social change.

There is no fee to participate, and all community group representatives and leaders are encouraged to attend. To register, go to:

For more information, contact Takeda at or (626) 396-9927.

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