Koreisha Senior Care & Advocacy is the new non-profit organization created in the aftermath of the sale of the retirement, intermediate care and nursing home facilities by Keiro Senior HealthCare to the Pacifica Companies. In Japanese, “Koreisha” means elderly.

Jonathan Kaji (Rafu Shimpo photo)
Jonathan Kaji (Rafu Shimpo photo)

The officers of the Board of Directors are: Jonathan Kaji, president; Dr. Takeshi Matsumoto, vice president; Dr. Keiko Ikeda, vice president; and Rex Hamano, CPA, treasurer.

The members of the Board of Directors are: Seiji Horio, Traci Imamura, John Kanai and Bradley Matsuda.

The immediate mission of Koreisha will be to ensure the safety and welfare of the residents of the former Keiro retirement home, intermediate care facility and nursing homes. Koreisha will also look ahead towards identifying or creating new facilities to meet the growing senior care demands of the Japanese American community.

“When Shawn Miyake and the Keiro Board members sold off the facilities and abandoned the elderly residents, they violated the faith and trust of the entire Japanese community,” stated Kaji. “We fully intend to hold Miyake and the board members responsible for these unethical and immoral actions.”

Koreisha held its first members’ meeting on March 26 at the Southern California Gardeners’ Federation.

Since Keiro sold off the facilities, it’s been reported that eight staff members have resigned from the Kei-Ai facilities, including Japanese-speaking employees. According to Koreisha, none of the staff received a wage increase for eight years under the Keiro president’s leadership, and during that same period, Medicare awarded more than $600,000 to Keiro for “four-star” performance, but none of the funds were given to the staff.

“While Shawn Miyake bragged about the great care that the Keiro residents received, he intentionally hid the fact that staff were grossly underpaid, overworked and that a significant amount of work was done by unpaid volunteers,” said Kaji. “Now, all of these management failures are being exposed in the light of day and Koreisha will report these to the appropriate state agencies for investigation and prosecution.”

Koreisha has also demanded that State Attorney General Kamala Harris enforce her own conditions on the Keiro sale, which created three seats on the Community Advisory Board (CAB), to be filled by representatives of the Ad Hoc Committee to Save Keiro’s choosing.

Koreisha, as the successor to the Ad Hoc Committee to Save Keiro, has named three individuals to the CAB. However, in a letter to the Ad Hoc CAB members, Keiro Board Chair Gary Kawaguchi claims that the three had to submit their names to Keiro in order to be approved as members of the CAB.

“Is the CAB just a propaganda tool of Keiro?” asked Kaji. “The attorney general carved out three Ad Hoc Committee seats out of the ten created for the CAB. We intend to enforce our rights for representation on the CAB. Keiro will need to decide which three members will be told to leave to make room for Koreisha.”

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