Tokyo Family History Center
by Linda Okazaki
5-12-29 Minami Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 106-0047
No research trip would be complete without a visit to the local family history center. For the second time, we met with Yumiko Sase. She addressed our questions about the immigration indexing project underway in Salt Lake City. We asked about hiring researchers in Japan and about other options for genealogical discoveries, beyond the basic koseki, otera, kakocho and ohaka. On our way out, we met Vicki Maetani, a sansei from Utah currently serving a mission in Japan with her husband, Howard. We discussed research related to Nikkei in Japan and in the US. Elder Maetani is a retired judge, well versed in the issues related to Japanese Americans during and after WWII. What a rewarding way to spend our last day of research during this trip.