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Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) is committed to improving the lives of underserved individuals and families and promoting the equitable development of ethnic communities and their rich cultural heritage.


Over 6000 social services clients served in 2017


Over 1000 affordable housing units produced


Total 2017 attendance for Far East Lounge activites


Girl's basketball event by terasaki budokan

Terasaki Budokan

Thanks to community support, LTSC built a big gym in Little Tokyo.

Far East Lounge

The Far East Lounge is a Little Tokyo gathering space for seniors and others to connect and enjoy activities that promote wellness.

Guests of FEL taking a picture for Little tokyo service center


+LAB is a bold initiative that allows LTSC to join forces with artists and cultural institutions to find imaginative ways to empower the Little Tokyo community.

First Street North

The First Street North block of Little Tokyo is a critical part of the past and future of our historic neighborhood.

Changing Tides

A partnership initiative between a youth/young adult outreach group and LTSC is dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding mental health and normalizing healthy discussions within the Asian American community.

Santa Monica/Vermont Project

LTSC is partnering with Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority to build affordable housing, commercial and social service space at the Vermont/Santa Monica station.


Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, various organizations fought to secure monetary redress for the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were unjustly imprisoned during WW2. Recently, Nonprofit Quarterly published an article diving into the work these organizations did to secure reparations. A Little Tokyo based organization, the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations (now known as Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress), organized grassroots activists from across the country. Alan Nishio and Kathy Masaoka, both long-time LTSC Board Members, are quoted throughout the article. “[NCRR] relied a lot on the generosity of organizations. We met at Little Tokyo Service Center and the Japanese American Community and Cultural Center a lot,” recalls LTSC Board Member, Kathy Masaoka. To read the full article, visit ... See MoreSee Less
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