She headed two major foundations, established a Japanese American museum and, the widow of a senator, quietly helped lift Detroit out of bankruptcy.
Irene Hirano Inouye, who established the nation’s premier Japanese-American museum, in Los Angeles, and who, as a philanthropic leader, helped leverage hundreds of millions of dollars to lift Detroit out of bankruptcy in 2014, died on April 7 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 71.
Her death was announced by the U.S.-Japan Council, of which she was president. Her daughter, Jennifer Hirano, said the cause was leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects muscle tissue.