About JABA

About the Japanese American Bar Association

The Japanese American Bar Association (“JABA”) was founded over 40 years ago
in Los Angeles, California. Over the years, JABA has provided a special forum
for members of the legal profession with interests and ties to the Japanese
American community to discuss issues, network, and serve our community.

JABA Founders

  • Eric Y. Abe
  • Hon. John F. Aiso
  • John Y. Asari
  • Jasmine L. Aseka
  • Hon. Ernest M. Hiroshige
  • Louis K. Ito
  • Hon. Edward Y. Kakita
  • Gerald K. Kitano
  • Hon. Jon M. Mayeda
  • Robert Y. Nagata
  • Gilbert M. Nishimura
  • Rose M. Ochi
  • Hon. Vincent H. Okamoto
  • Chiyoko Sakamoto
  • Stanley S. Uyehara

JABA Past Presidents

  • 1977 Honorable (Ret.) Edward Y. Kakita
  • 1978 Honorable Ernest M. Hiroshige
  • 1979 Honorable Jon M. Mayeda
  • 1980 Honorable Kenji Machida
  • 1981 Louis K. Ito
  • 1982 Michael R. Yamaki
  • 1983 Leslie K. Furukawa
  • 1984 Ronald N. Ito
  • 1985 Honorable Howard L. Halm
  • 1986 Carol Matsunaga
  • 1987 Judith K. Otamura-Kester
  • 1988 Honorable Robert M. Kawahara
  • 1989 Honorable Fred J. Fujioka
  • 1990 Gerald M. Sato
  • 1991 Ronald N. Ohata
  • 1992 M. Dick Osumi
  • 1993 Bruce L. Ishimatsu
  • 1994 Neil R. Nagano
  • 1995 Mia Yamamoto
  • 1996 Dee A. Hayashi
  • 1997 Michael K. Suzuki
  • 1998 Diane M.L. Tan
  • 1999 Andrew J. Yamamoto
  • 2000 Alex H. Fukui
  • 2001 Eric Y. Nishizawa
  • 2002 Tomas A. Guterres
  • 2003 Bill H. Seki
  • 2004 Honorable Akemi Arakaki
  • 2005 Craig Osaki
  • 2006 Patricia Kinaga
  • 2007 Anne Inoue
  • 2008 Dennis Yokoyama
  • 2009 Katherine Hikida
  • 2010 Diana Nishiura
  • 2011 Hon. Alison Matsumoto
  • 2012 Audra Mori
  • 2013 Hon. James Toma
  • 2014 Steve Yoda
  • 2015 Ken Tanaka
  • 2016 Sabina Helton