Here are some of the Task Force's more recent activities and accomplishments.

2002 - 2003

  • Provide operator of Litter Hawk sidewalk cleaning Machine.
  • Liaison between Department of Public Works for Japantown Peace Plaza   issues.
  • Established marketing relationship with San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • Created dedicated web site

2003 - 2004

  • Japantown Directional Signs for Streets.
  • Commenced production of quarterly newsletter.
  • Provided resource to pursue Senate Bill 307.
  • Liaison between Department of Public Works for Japantown Peace Plaza issues.
  • Replaced uprooted concrete sidewalks on Sutter Street.
  • Coordinated the painting of the Japantown Peace Pagoda base with local Boy Scouts.

2004 - 2005

  • Bilingual Street Name Signs.
  • Liaison between Department of Public Works for Japantown Peace Plaza issues.
  • Re-ordered additional copies of Japantown – Fillmore brochures and distributed them.
  • Coordinated the removal of unwanted trees on Geary Boulevard.
  • Completed Neighborhood Cultural Preservation Report for Senate Bill 307.
  • Replaced concrete sidewalk sections on Post Street.
  • Organized District 5 clean up with DPW and Clean City Coalition.

2005 - 2006

  • Liaison between Department of Public Works for Japantown Peace Plaza issues.
  • Planted cherry trees Post and Webster Streets.
  • Renovated failing concrete sidewalk at garage entrance.
  • Replaced burned out light bulbs and ballasts in streetlights surrounding the Japan Center.
  • Produced Japantown book.

2006 - 2007

  • Under a $10,000 grant provided by the San Francisco Public Health Department, produced the Japantown Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Plan.
  • Under a $10,000 grant provided by the San Francisco County Transportation Agency, completed community outreach to the Japantown community for the Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Study.
  • Assisted with fundraising and organization of the Sister City Celebration in Osaka Japan. This included organizing the production of an audio/visual presentation on Japantown.
  • Conducted the community outreach and organization of a committee which completed the preliminary plan for the formation of a community benefit district.
  • Began the community organizing for the development of a Better Neighborhood Plan for Japantown.

2007 - 2008

  • Served as public relations and outreach consultant to the SF Planning Department for the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan. Completed the acquisition and fit-out and staffing of the Japantown BNP Planning Room in Miyako Mall, conducted three community meetings, fourteen public focus group meetings, monthly steering committee meetings, and four subcommittee working group meetings.
  • Directed the acquisition of funding and the selection of a community consultant to the steering committee for the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan.
  • Selected by Redevelopment Agency to monitor the historic exhibit to be completed in the proposed J Pop Center.
  • Developed a promotional community PowerPoint presentation,
  • Participated in the design and directed Gerbode Foundation funding for the new Japantown street banners.
  • Prior to the Cherry Blossom Festival, conducted a community clean-up and graffiti removal day on March 29, 2008 soliciting over 40 volunteers and coordinated with the Department of Public Works.
  • Attended certification training for San Francisco’s Department of Public Works Graffiti Watch Program.
  • Conducted a Summer Safety Community Meeting featuring SF SAFE, SFPD, and the Command Security.
  • Participated and provided funding for solar lighting of the sensu (fan) on the median on Webster Street.
  • Established and continue to maintain an online community events calendar.
  • Continued the maintenance of community bulletin boards in Japan Center.
  • Continue as a standing member of the board of directors of the San Francisco Japantown Foundation.
  • Organized the meeting of the Japantown Merchants Association and the San Francisco Visitor and Convention Bureau to begin a coordinated effort to improve the marketing of Japantown events and festivals.
  • Conducted briefings and tours of Japantown for various public and private parties, planning organizations, City and County agencies, including SPUR, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development, and the Mayor’s Office of Community Development.
  • Conducted monthly JTF board meetings which are open to the public to feature timely speakers and participants discussing Japantown neighborhood issues and topics of interest, prospective new businesses in the area, and transportation and safety updates.
  • Produced a Winter 2008 JTF Newsletter.
  • Obtained certification by the San Francisco Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team.


  • Secured funds to release new Japantown website
  • Supported Quarterly Japantown Neighborhood Cleanups.
  • Secured funds to do power washing of sidewalks prior to Cherry Blossom Festival.
  • Released Japantown Cultural Heritage and Economic Sustainability Strategy (JCHESS).
  • JCHESS adopted by Historic Preservation Commission
  • JCHESS adopted by Planning Commission.
  • JCHESS adopted by Board of Supervisors.
  • Help initiate the Japantown Business Watch Group as a way to augment safety and security in Japantown.