IE belatedly honors the life of Akira “Mori” Moriguchi, who passed away Dec. 22, 2012 in peace surrounded by loved ones and family members after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.

Mr. Moriguchi will be remembered for his leadership, his high spirits, his ingenuity and as a key developer of Uwajimaya, Inc. He was chief operating officer of Uwajimaya until 2008 when he retired. He founded and operated its wholesale division, Seasia, and co-founded and franchised the Magic Dragon restaurant chain, in addition to co-founding and spearheading other business ventures in the Asian food and food supply industry.

In his earlier days, he was a young talent, winning the prestigious Heisman Trophy in All-American Little League Football. He also served as a member of the Lotus Skyliners Jazz Ensemble, playing alto saxophone.

He is greatly missed by community members and his surviving family members, including his wife, Kimberly Sun; daughters, Lena Sadako (Albert), Sarah Kim, and Hanah Sun; his son, Jonathan Michael; and his grandchildren; Donovan, Dylan, Savannah and Kyla. He will be dearly missed by his siblings and in-laws: Kenzo  and Carol, Suwako and James, Tomio and Jenny, Hisako and Harvey, Toshi  and Susie, and Tomoko and Koji, and many more extended family and friends.

May Akiri rest in peace.

To learn more about his life or of ways to honor him and his family, please read his full obituary in The North American Post:

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