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U.S. District Court Announces Death Of Retired Magistrate Judge Nakazato


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The United States District Court for the Central District of California on Friday announced the death of retired Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato, the first Japanese American to be appointed to that post in the Continental United States. 

Nakazato died Dec. 17 at the age of 65.

The son of World War II internees, he was appointed as a magistrate judge in 1996, retiring after 20 years of service.

 As a business trial and appellate lawyer, with the firm Kircher & Nakazato, prior to his appointment, he served as the founding president and founding director of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association and was a founding director of the Orange County Japanese American Lawyers Association,

He earned his Juris Doctorate in 1978 from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia.

The court said in a statement:

“For Judge Nakazato’s staff, members of the federal court family and his friends in the bar, his loss is monumental, and he will be truly missed for his kindness, selflessness, and sense of humor.”

He is survived by his wife Deborah Bau, his mother Lillian, and his brother Paul.


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