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Akira Moriguchi

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Akira Moriguchi
Born(1939-09-30)September 30, 1939
Tacoma, Washington
💀DiedDecember 22, 2012(2012-12-22) (aged 73)
Seattle, WashingtonDecember 22, 2012(2012-12-22) (aged 73)
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  1965 – 2008
👔 EmployerBoeing, Uwajimaya
Kimberly Sun
👶 Children4

Akira "Mori" Moriguchi (September 30, 1939 – December 22, 2012) was an American businessman who served as the president and chief operating officer of Uwajimaya.[1]


Moriguchi was the third son of Fujimatsu Moriguchi and Sadako Tsutakawa.[2] He was the nephew of George Tsutakawa.[3] During World War II, the Moriguchi family was interned at Pinedale, California, where Moriguchi's sister was born, and then at Tule Lake, where the other two siblings were born. After the war, Moriguchi moved to Seattle's Japantown where his father re-established Uwajimaya. During his youth, he played football as a member of the International "Fighting Irish," which won the Seattle championship in 1950.[4]

After serving in the United States Army as a paratrooper stationed in Germany, Moriguchi graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in electrical engineering in 1965.[5] He worked at Boeing for a short period of time before moving to Uwajimaya, where he served as president and chief operating officer before retiring in 2008.[6] He died from cancer in 2012.[7]


  1. "Akira Moriguchi". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  2. Sato, Ryoko (2017-05-13). "Life of Fujimatsu Moriguchi – Founder of Uwajimaya". The North American Post. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  3. "Sadako Tsutakawa Moriguchi". Legacy.com. The Seattle Times. 2002-07-28. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  4. Franks, Joel S. (2018-05-04). Asians and Pacific Islanders in American Football: Historical and Contemporary Experiences. Lexington Books. p. 130. ISBN 9781498560986. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. "Obits". University of Washington. March 2013. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  6. Tice, Carol (2002-06-16). "Cash registers ring at Uwajimaya's new grocery store". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  7. "Akira "Mori" Moriguchi". Legacy.com. The Seattle Times. 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2019-01-23.

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