Japanese language newspaper in Seattle resumes publishing as Hokubei Hochi (The North American Post) on June 5, 1946.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 6/02/2001
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 3355
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On June 5, 1946, Seattle's Japanese newspaper resumes publishing as Hokubei Hochi (The North American Post). It is issued as a weekly from 217 (or 215) 5th Avenue S. The publisher is Sadahiko Ikoma (or Ikonra). This is the first time a Japanese American newspaper has been issued in Seattle for four years. Three Japanese community newspapers had ceased publication in 1942, when the community was forced away into internment camps.

From the same location, the Hokubei Jiji (The North American Times) had been issued as a daily from 1902 until March 12, 1942.

From 1946 to the end of 1948 the North American Post was issued weekly and then started publishing three times a week. In March 1950, it increased to a daily issued five days a week. On March 20, 1981, the newspaper reduced its frequency to three times a week.

The publication continues today, in English and Japanese editions. It is published by T. Moriguchi and edited by V. Matsudaira.


Polk's Seattle City Directory, 1906 (R. L. Polk and Co., 1903), 130; Polk, 1940, p. 2755; Polk, 1948/49, p. 1008; Polk, 1955, p. 2545; Marlene Mitchell, "Washington Newspapers: Territorial and State: a Bibliography and Checklist," MA thesis in Communications, 1964, p.132, 153, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Washington State Union List of Newspapers on Microfilm ed. by Gayle Palmer (Olympia: Washington State Library, 1991), 139, 153; UW Newspapers card file; UW Library Catalog; The North American Post website accessed on June 1, 2005 (http://www.napost.com/company.html).
Note: This essay was updated and corrected on June 1, 2005.

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