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Takuji Yamashita

The Takuji Yamashita Scholarship is named after Takuji Yamashita (1874–1959).  Mr. Yamashita was born in Japan, and emigrated to the United States in the 1890s.  He graduated from Tacoma High School in two years, graduated with a law degree from the University of Washington in 1902, and passed the state bar exam.  The Washington State Supreme Court issued a decision that Mr. Yamashita was not eligible to be an American, and therefore could not practice law.  This decision was overturned, posthumously, nearly 100 years later on March 1, 2001.


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