Mike Murase is a Los Angeles activist and has been active in the Japanese national movement since 1968. He is a leader of the movement seeking reparations for Japanese-Americans interned during WW2.
A former leading member of the pro-China League of Revolutionary Struggle (M-L), Mike Murase has been involved in human services, social change, education, government and politics for over 40 years. As an undergraduate at University of California at Los Angeles, he was a co-founder of the Asian American Studies Center and later taught ethnic studies at UCLA, University of Southern California and California State University at Long Beach.
Mike Murase was a part of the core group who founded Little Tokyo Service Center, a social service and community economic development agency serving Little Tokyo and the greater Japanese American community throughout Los Angeles. Murase served as the board president for the first 5 years. He also advocated for members of the Japanese Welfare Rights Organization, Little Tokyo People’s Rights Organization and the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations,
In the early 1990’s, League of Revolutionary Struggle split, leading to the formation of theUnity Organizing Committee, which was specifically designed to infiltrate the Democratic Party. Mike Murase became co-chair of Unity Los Angeles. He also became a District Director for far left California Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
Mike Murase was chair of the Los Angeles Free South Africa Movement in 1986-88 and was an observer for the South African Communist Party controlled African National Congress conference in South Africa in 1991.
National Coalition for Redress/Reparations leaders in 2016 included radicals Mike Murase,Steve Nagano, Tony Osumi, Alan Nishio, Kimi Maru, Jan Tokumaru, June Hibino (also exLeague of Revolutionary Struggle), Michael Yanagita, Kay Ochi, Glenn Sanada and Janice Yen.