The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) is a wonderful museum full of information and history about the experiences of Americans of Japanese heritage in the United States. Located in the Little Tokyo (JapanTown) section of Los Angeles, California, JANM's address is 100 North Central Avenue.
One of the buildings of JANM has been their Democracy Center. It was renamed at a special event on December 1, 2023, with a ribbon cutting and unveiling along with a program and VIP reception.
The new name is the Daniel K. Inouye National Center for the Preservation of Democracy. It is named after the late U.S. Senator from Hawaii, Daniel K. Inouye. The center convenes and educates people of all ages about democracy.
Senator Inouye was an American of Japanese descent who was born and raised in Hawaii. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the segregated unit of Japanese Americans, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Battalion. He lost an arm in the war. He became the first Congressman elected from Hawaii when it became a state in 1959. He was elected as a U.S. Senator in 1963. At the time of his death in 2012, he was Senate President Pro Tempore.
JANM and the newly renamed Democracy Center are wonderful places to visit to learn about American history.