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SF Japantown Mall Receives $5M in State Funding

San Francisco Japantown’s Buchanan Mall will receive $5 million in state funding to upgrade its existing infrastructure.

Assemblymember Phil Ting announced that he had secured the funding in a press release.

“Japantown, like many API communities, has not received the types of investments needed to thrive and provide valued historical lessons that teach us about the mistakes of the past and foster greater understanding. Amid rising Asian hate, this kind of attention and critical support is long overdue,” Ting, Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, said in the press release.

Plans to upgrade the mall include repairing the Ruth Asawa foundations, which haven’t been worked on in over a decade.

The funding provides hope for small businesses.

“The small businesses in the Buchanan Mall are critical to the character, culture and economy of Japantown. I am grateful to Assemblymember Ting for making our community a priority in the state budget,” Jon Osaki, Executive Director of the Japanese Community Youth Council, said in the press release.

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