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Kenzo Mori (Japanese: 森贤三, 1914  – January 5, 2007) was an Nisei Japanese-Canadian journalist, writer, editor and publisher of the New Canadian, an English-language newspaper aimed at second- and third-generation Japanese Canadians.[1]


Early life

Mori was born near Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1914. He was the son of immigrants who returned to Japan in 1918. He left Japan at age 16, graduating from high school in Canada. In due course, he earned an arts degree from the University of British Columbia.[1]



Mori was interned in a camp north of Vancouver during the Second World War. His older brother, George, was also in the camp.[1]


Mori became the assistant Japanese editor of The New Canadian in the late 1940s. When retired in 1983, he had become the newspaper's editor. Mori was a founding member of the Ontario and Canadian Ethnic Press Associations.[1]

In the pages of the newspaper and elsewhere, Mori tried to be a constructive voice in the movement to address the material losses and humiliation Japanese-Canadians endured as "enemy aliens" during World War II.[1]

Honours and awards

Mori was the recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for public service.[1]

The Japanese government conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, which represents the fifth highest of eight classes associated with the award. This decoration recognized his efforts in promoting relations between Canada and Japan.[1]

Selected works

  • Kenzo Mori and Hiroto Takami. (1977). Kanada no Manzo Monogatari: The First Immigrant to Canada. Tokyo: Suzuyama Shobo.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Cordileone, Elvira. "Kenzo Mori: An impact on two shores," The Star (Toronto). January 22, 2007.


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