Kenzo Moriguchi

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Kenzo Moriguchi
Born(1934-12-04)December 4, 1934
Tacoma, Washington
💀DiedJanuary 14, 2019(2019-01-14) (aged 84)
Seattle, WashingtonJanuary 14, 2019(2019-01-14) (aged 84)
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Businessman
📆 Years active  1958 – 1998
👔 EmployerUwajimaya
Carol Tada
(m. 1962; died 2017)
👶 Children5[1]

Kenzo "Gunner" Moriguchi (December 4, 1933 – January 14, 2019) was an American businessman who served as the vice president and managing director of Uwajimaya.[2][3][4][5][6]

Biography[edit]

Moriguchi was the first son of Fujimatsu Moriguchi and Sadako Tsutakawa. He was the nephew of George Tsutakawa.[7] During World War II, he and his family were interned at Pinedale, California, where his sister was born, and then at Tule Lake, where his younger siblings were born. After the war, the family moved to Seattle's Japantown where Moriguchi's father re-established Uwajimaya. Moriguchi attended Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Washington Junior High and Garfield High School before moving to Seattle University, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in 1956. He then served in the United States Army for two years before working at Uwajimaya.

In breaking with tradition where the eldest son inherits the deceased's property, Moriguchi's father left Uwajimaya to him and his younger brothers. They subsequently extended the ownership to their sisters and their mother.[8][9] Even though he retired in 1998, Moriguchi still helped out some customers at Uwajimaya's store in Seattle.

Moriguchi married Carol Tada in 1962. Together, they had five children during their marriage which lasted for almost 55 years. Carol died in 2017, about two years before Moriguchi's death in 2019.[10]

References[edit]

  1. "Carol Masuko Moriguchi". Legacy.com. The Seattle Times. 2017-05-21. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  2. Journal of Commerce Business Directory. Journal of Commerce. 1988. p. 1015. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. Million Dollar Directory. 3. Dun & Bradstreet, Incorporated. 1994. p. 5230. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. DIrectory of United States Importers. Journal of Commerce. 1997. p. 1110. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. 'Kenzo “Gunner” Moriguchi passes', Northwest Asian Weekly, 38.6 (2 February 2019), 2.
  6. Becky Fukuda and Tomio Moriguchi, 'Tomio Moriguchi Interview I', Densho Digital Repository, Densho ID: denshovh-mtomio-01 (20 October 1999).
  7. "Sadako Tsutakawa Moriguchi". Legacy.com. The Seattle Times. 2002-07-28. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  8. Fryer, Alex (2002-07-27). "Sadako Moriguchi, 1907 - 2002: The guiding force at Uwajimaya, a landmark store". The Seattle TImes. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  9. Tu, Janet I. (2017-01-22). "Denise Moriguchi aims to carry Uwajimaya brand forward". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  10. "Kenzo "Gunner" Moriguchi". Legacy.com. The Seattle Times. 2019-01-27. Retrieved 2019-01-28.


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