On Monday, the life of Public Defender Jeff Adachi was remembered and celebrated by hundreds of mourners in the City Hall rotunda. Adachi died on Feb. 22 of a heart attack.
“In my 40 years working in the community, I never saw a Japanese-American so beloved by so many people across the city," said Paul Osaki, executive director of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. "He was Japantown's hero — he never said no, he was at every event or cause we needed him at. He was our sansei Superman. ... Fighting for truth, justice and the American way.”