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November 24, 2009


Japanese-American politician

Former California Assemblyman Nao Takasugi, who was sent to a Japanese internment camp during World War II, has died. He was 87.

Takasugi, a Republican from Oxnard, spent six years in the Legislature before he was termed out of office in 1998. He had been the mayor of Oxnard for 10 years before winning the Assembly seat.

His son, Ronald Takasugi, said last week that his father died Thursday night of complications from a stroke. Robert Garcia of Garcia Mortuary in Oxnard said that arrangements were pending.

Takasugi was a 19-year-old student at UCLA when he was sent to an internment camp. He later graduated from Temple University before returning to California.

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