The state of Kansas is to recall over 700 vehicle license plates containing the “JAP” lettering. In October 2017, board member Keith Kawamoto saw a Kansas State license plate “442JAP” on the streets in Culver City and was appalled that this would be allowed.
After many months of requests to Kansas State officials, including the Governor’s office, he learned that this was not a vanity plate and the combination of “JAP” was allowed by their system.
Thank you to Keith's tenacity, perseverance and commitment to civil rights, the state of Kansas is now taking action on what should have never been allowed in the first place. The fight to protect civil rights and educate the public on the power of advocacy is more important than ever.