Mayor Lee on the passing of Japantown Task Force Executive Director Bob Hamaguchi
“San Francisco is fortunate to have a beautiful Japantown community that is economically thriving and culturally rich, and we owe so much of that vibrancy to the tireless efforts of Bob Hamaguchi.
As the visionary executive director of the Japantown Task Force, Bob steered the planning of the community in a way that respected its past and ensured its future. His advocacy was critical to Japantown securing a Community Benefits District designation, a decade-long effort that will fund critical environmental and economic programs in the neighborhood. There are only three Japantowns left in this country, and due to Bob’s leadership, we know there will always be one in San Francisco.
Bob was a passionate, effective and dedicated leader and it was always a joy to work alongside him. He will be dearly missed.”