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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div id=\"databox-PeopleDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Name</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Ralph C. Honda</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Born</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">October 30 1907</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Died</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">May 9 2004</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Birth Location</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Honolulu, HI</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Generational Identifier</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n<p><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a>\n</p>\n</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-People\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>FirstName:Ralph;\nLastName:Honda;\nDisplayName:Ralph C. Honda;\nBirthDate:1907-10-30;\nDeathDate:2004-05-09;\nBirthLocation:Honolulu, HI;\nGender:Male;\nEthnicity:JA;\nGenerationIdentifier:Nisei;\nNationality:US;\nExternalResourceLink:;\nPrimaryGeography:;\nReligion:;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Ralph Honda (1907-2004) was a community leader in Hawai'i who was a founding member of the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation. Throughout his life, Honda worked to improve relations between Japan and the United States. \n</p>\n<div class=\"toc\" id=\"toc\"><div id=\"toctitle\"><h2>Contents</h2></div>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-1\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Background\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">1</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Background</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-2\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Community_Activism\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">2</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Community Activism</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-3\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Founding_of_the_Crown_Prince_Akihito_Scholarship\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">3</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Founding of the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-4\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Other_Accomplishments\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">4</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Other Accomplishments</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-5\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#For_More_Information\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">5</span> <span class=\"toctext\">For More Information</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-6\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Footnotes\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">6</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Footnotes</span></a></li>\n</ul>\n</div>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Background\">Background</span></h2>\n<p>Ralph Chikato Honda was born in Honolulu on October 30, 1907, to Japanese immigrants Hiro and Mitsu Honda. In 1927, he graduated from St. Louis College and he was selected by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission to study Buddhism in Japan on a scholarship. When he returned to the Islands three years later, he became the director of the Young Men's Buddhist Association. \n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Community_Activism\">Community Activism</span></h2>\n<p>Throughout his life, Honda was committed to causes to improve the welfare of individuals. During the Great Depression he worked with the Work Project Administration (WRA) and Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) to help unemployed Hawai'i residents find a job. He also was employed at Castle &amp; Cooke in public relations as the first <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a> to work in that department. In 1938, Honda became a salesman for Office Appliance Co., and a year later became the company president, growing the business into a multi-million-dollar organization. Honda was also active during World War II, fighting for the right to keep Buddhist temples open so Japanese families could have funeral services. Honda played an important role in encouraging the U.S. government to acknowledge Buddhism as a legitimate religion. For decades, Honda helped to spread knowledge of Buddhism and spearheaded the drive to place the book, <i>The Teaching of the Buddha</i> in hotels and with various organizations. Honda was also the president of the Society to Promote Buddhism in Hawaii and for his efforts, the Honpa Hongwanji named him a Living Treasure of Hawaii in 1997.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup>\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Founding_of_the_Crown_Prince_Akihito_Scholarship\">Founding of the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship</span></h2>\n<p>In 1959, Honda and members of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJCC) decided to honor Crown Prince Akihito and his new bride with a scholarship that would encourage goodwill between Japan and the United States through academic exchanges of students. As vice-president of the HJCC, Honda led efforts to make the scholarship a reality and was one of sixteen members of the founding board of the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship that included Masayuki Adachi, Ambassador John Allison, Henry Damon Jr., Y. Baron Goto, Raymond Inafuku, Kazuo Ishii, Takeo Isoshima, Masato Kamisato, Japanese Consul General Tamio Kora, Frank Midkiff, James Nishi, John Nishimoto, Siegfried Ramier, Maureen Schaefer, and William Tsuji.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\">[2]</a></sup> After consulting with HJCC president Masayuki Adachi and Shunzo Koizumi, Akihito's personal tutor, Honda received approval from Akihito and the imperial household. Soon after Akihito presented University of Hawai'i President Lawrence Snyder with the scholarship's first installment check that reflected HJCC's fundraising efforts. The scholarship was formally established in 1959 and two years later, Akihito contributed $1,000 to the scholarship. The foundation soon had other donors including Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) and the Japan-Hawaii Economic Council. Honda continued to be active in the scholarship for much of his life explaining, \"unlike most scholarships where they give money and then (say) <i>sayonara</i>, we constantly keep in touch with (our awardees).\"<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref3_3-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref3-3\">[3]</a></sup> Still today, the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship provides scholarships to graduate students in Japan for study at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and an American graduate student at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa for study in Japan. \n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Other_Accomplishments\">Other Accomplishments</span></h2>\n<p>Honda was also a founding member of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, was a president and director of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, and a president and director of Kuakini Hospital. In 1985, Honda received the Order of the Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan. Honda passed away at the age of 96 and was preceded in death by his wife. Ellen Masako Nakao. He was survived by his daughters, Madge Takemori, Peggie Tsukimura, and Vivian Umaki; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref4_4-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref4-4\">[4]</a></sup>\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Kelli_Y._Nakamura\" title=\"Kelli Y. Nakamura\">Kelli Y. Nakamura</a>, University of Hawai'i</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Nakamura, Kelli</div>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p>Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation website: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://cpasfoundation.org/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://cpasfoundation.org/</a>.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2>\n<div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n<ol class=\"references\">\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Kevin Kawamoto, \"Ralph C. Honda,\" <i>Hawaii Herald</i>, October 16, 2009, 17; Scott C. Stone, <i>Living Treasures of Hawai'i: 25th Anniversary of the Selections of Outstanding Persons as Honored by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i</i> (Honolulu: Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai'i, 2000), 130.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Bernadette Kagawa, \"The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship,\" <i>Hawaii Herald</i>, July 8, 1994, A-20.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref3-3\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref3_3-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Kagawa, A-21.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref4-4\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref4_4-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Peter Boylan, \"Community Leader Ralph Honda Dead at 96,\" <i>Honolulu Advertiser</i>, May 18, 2004, accessed on April 5, 2016 at <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/May/18/ln/ln45a.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/May/18/ln/ln45a.html</a>.</span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.064 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.070 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 251/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 1334/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 2104/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 280/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 5/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:3606-0!*!0!!en!*!* and timestamp 20170917074108 and revision id 26846\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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