The Orange County Nikkei Coordinating Council (OCNCC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established on May 5, 1994. The OCNCC serves as an umbrella organizationfor many of the nonprofit Nikkei community service groups: Orange County Japanese American Association (OCJAA), Orange Coast Optimist Club (OCO), Orange Coast Sports Association (OCSA), Orange County Queen’s Council (OCQC), South East Youth Organization (SEYO), Suburban Optimist Club (SOC), South East Los Angeles/North Orange County Japanese American Citizens League (SELANOCO JACL), and the Kazuo Masuda VFW Post 3670. OCNCC provides a conduit through which its members can tap into each other’s resources to expand the scope and reach of their individual events, to better serve the community.
Additionally, OCNCC has taken an active role in organizing the Nikkei Games, through volunteer recruitment, publication, and fundraising. Also. during the Nisei Week Japanese Festival, OCNCC selects a nominee to the Nisei Week Court, Miss Orange County Japanese American and the Orange County Pioneer as the nominee for the Nisei Week Pioneers Awards. The Miss Orange County Japanese American, the Orange County Pioneer and community service award recipients of the member organizations are all honored at OCNCC’s annual awards dinner. OCNCC owes its success to the strength of its member organizations and its many volunteers.