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Japanese American Newspaper Utah Nippo Now Fully Digitized and Searchable

The Utah Nippo Newspaper unlocks a unique chapter of American history. Spanning from 1914 to 1991, it tells the stories of the great west as population and industry grew in the fading wake of Manifest Destiny. As one of only three Japanese language papers allowed to be published during World War II, it holds particular historical significance in documenting a Japanese American viewpoint of the trying times the United States endured while at war with Japan.

The Utah Nippo’s  first-generation Japanese American founder Issei Uneo Terasawa had served as a writer for the San Francisco paper Shin Sekai before coming to Utah. The Shin Sekai paper was a Japanese language daily with a Buddhist orientation and Mr. Terasawa incorporated that Buddhist orientation into the Utah Nippo for Japanese Americans in Utah and the region. When Uneo Terasawa died suddenly on April 24, 1939, his wife, Kuniko Muramatsu Terasawa, assumed leadership of the newspaper, guiding it through World War II. Kuniko Terasawa published the Utah Nippo until her death in 1991.

The countless stories contained in the Utah Nippo are reborn for scholars and enthusiasts with 46,550 prints having been digitized and made available online as part of the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Digital Library Collection. Explore the Utah Nippo today. Go to

Questions? Contact Matt Brunsvik, Assistant Head of Digital Library Services, at

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