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John Kishi is is a member of the Kishi Family. He is the husband of Rioko Kishi, and the father of Janine and Claudia Kishi.


John was born in Japan and came to the United States shortly after he was married in Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye and Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls. It's mentions that he has sisters in Claudia Gets Her Guy. In the book it's mentioned that she had aunts, one of which sent her a frilly pink dress. It's likely that her dad has some sisters, since Peaches is the only aunt on her mother's side.

He and Rioko has been married for twenty years in Kristy's Great Idea. John and Rioko are both very conservative, although Claudia says her dad's not as strict as Mary Anne Spier's father Richard Spier in Kristy's Great Idea.

John once dropped a chicken on the floor at a dinner party with the Pikes in Claudia and the Sad Good-bye.

In Claudia's Big Party he has a friend named Jim Simpson from work. His family had moved to Chicago. He and Rioko decide to go to Chicago and visit him since it was a long time.

John loaned Claudia his Minolta camera in Claudia and the Clue in the Photograph from when he had an interest in photography. She used his camera for her photography class and eventually helped her build a dark room in the bathroom. They had rented, bought, and borrowed some of the materials to make it.

He mentions that Alex Hatt helped him start out in business and he's never forgotten it.

He attends the one month opening gala of the Stoneybrook Museum with Claudia and Don Newman, an artist.

In California Girls!, it's mentioned that he buys Claudia lottery tickets for awhile.


  • Playing golf (M#6)
  • Mowing the lawn (M#6)
  • Doing the crossword puzzle in the Sunday New York Times (#97)
  • Photography (M#16)
  • Rice and chicken dinner (#26)


John is a partner in an investment firm in Stamford as mentioned in Claudia and Mean Janine. His eyes "light up" when he talks about stocks and bonds in Claudia and the World's Cutest Baby. He has a couch in his office where he sometimes takes naps in Claudia and the Terrible Truth.

However, in Keep Out, Claudia!, Claudia mentions that his job is a broker instead of a partner. Jessi says John is a banker in Jessi's Big Break.


Media Portrayals[]

The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix series)[]

He is played by actor Kevan Ohtsji. He is only in the episodes Claudia and Mean Janine and Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls.