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Dr. Kanji Sahara was born in Hiroshima and came to Los Angeles when he was half year old. During WWII, his family was in Santa Anita, Jerome and Rohwer. In 1945, his family resettled in Chicago. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and PhD from Northwestern University.

Dr. Sahara worked for General Dynamics in Pomona and was an Engineering Supervisor. He and wife Jane (Sakata) raised Richard and Judy in Claremont. Kanji was President of the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center.

Upon his retirement Kanji and Jane moved to Torrance. With his ukulele, he has been leading the Sing-A-Long at the Gardena Adult Day Care Center for 16 years. He received the Gardena Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013.

Kanji belongs to GLA JACL, NCRR, Manzanar Committee, Faith UMC and a JANM docent. He was Project Director of the Tuna Canyon Traveling Exhibit.