Primary Sources: Rafu Shimpo Digital Archive

Rafu Shimpo

The Library has acquired the digital archive of Rafu Shimpo, the longest running Japanese American newspaper in the United States. The paper began in 1903 supporting the small but growing Japanese community in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles, California. By the 1940s it was the most widely circulated paper in the region and included a weekly English section for second generation Japanese Americans. The paper was forced to cease publication and its publisher was imprisoned by the government during World War II, but was revived in 1946. The resource contains all obtainable issues from 1914 through 2018.