Ichiro “George” Azumano, a business leader and a pillar of Portland’s Japanese-American community, passed away earlier this month at the age of 95. He was known by many people for the travel agency he founded, which still bears his name.
Azumano was born in Portland but maintained strong ties to Japan, where his parents were from. Former Oregon governor Vic Atiyeh recognized Azumano for his efforts to promote Oregon as a destination for Japanese tourists.
Azumano also suffered discrimination due to his Japanese heritage. He was discharged from the U.S. Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor and spent time in an internment camp in Idaho during WWII. Despite the hardships he faced, Azumano made it his life’s work to strengthen connections between Japan and the United States.
Editor’s note: A memorial service for George Azumano will be held Saturday, December 28 at First United Methodist Church at 11:00 AM.
- Henry Ueno: Retired businessman and longtime friend of George Azumano
- Sho Dozono: President of Azumano Travel Service and George Azumano’s son-in-law