Memorial set for Yokota employee who worked at base for 59 years
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Traditional Chapel for Takahiro Ichikawa, who had worked with the U.S. military in Japan since the end of World War II.
Ichikawa passed away Feb. 14 at his home. Base officials have not released a cause of death. He was 77.
Widely regarded as an iconic figure at Yokota, Ichikawa worked with the U.S. government for more than 59 years, including 52 with the Air Force.
At the close of World War II, he was a translator and interpreter for the U.S. Army. After picking up a degree from the Chuo Law School in 1951, he became an adviser to the U.S. provost marshal at Tachikawa Air Base.
Ichikawa later worked as a security forces consultant at several Tokyo air bases but settled into his role with the Yokota police in the early 1970s.
“The entire Yokota family is saddened by this loss,” said Col. Scott Goodwin, the 374th Airlift Wing commander. “Mr. Ichikawa exemplified the incredible alliance that exists between the U.S. and Japan today. His selfless dedication to our two great nations touched many people for many years.”