Archives for November 2010

OBITUARY: Chalmers Johnson

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — Chalmers Johnson, an international politics scholar known as the original “Japan revisionist,” died Nov. 20 at his home in California aged 79, people close to him said. The cause of his death was not immediately known. As a revisionist, Johnson considered Japan different from other developed countries and his book “MITI […]

OBITUARY: Kazumi Pedro Luis Naganuma

NAGANUMA, KAZUMI PEDRO LUIS, 82, passed away peacefully on November 9, 2010.  He was born on July 1, 1928 in Callao, Peru. He is survived by his loving wife, June and son, Jay. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Bill Kikuchi, sister Kiyoka (Wayne), brother Jimmy (Nobuko), brother George and brother Tony (Chiz). Surviving […]

ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: A Kung Fu Christmas and the Impact of A-Pop

Just found out that a “Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special” recently aired and will air again this Saturday Nov. 27. Fortunately, it looks like more than a quick cash-in. Dustin Hoffman and Jack Black reprise their roles and, according to the Onion A.V. Club (one of the very few sites whose reviews I almost always […]

Nationwide protests for religious freedom held at Japanese consulates

A small nationwide protest for religious freedom took place at various locations through the Consulates General of Japan by Stop Japan Abductions, a group formed by Dan Fefferman, president of the International Coalition for Religious Freedom (ICRF) and a prominent member of the Unification Church. Twenty or so protesters appeared Nov. 16 at the various […]

OBITUARY: Peggy Y.Fukagai

FUKAGAI, PEGGY Y., 94, passed away at home in San Francisco on November 4, 2010, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Wife of the late Kozo Fukagai for 51 years. Mother to Sylvia (William) Corrigan and Cynthia (Mike) Sugawara. Grandmother to Filip, Stefanie and Nick Sugawara. Peggy surrounded her life with love of family, friends, pets, […]

Akanishi’s ‘Yellow Gold’ tour rolls through San Francisco

A packed auditorium of fans at The Warfield welcomed Jin Akanishi, whose Nov. 10 San Francisco performance was part of his “Yellow Gold 3010 Tour.” Akanishi is the Japanese talent company Johnny and Associates’ first solo act and is actively reaching out to his fans in the U.S. This visit was Akanishi’s second time performing […]

Gulf shrimpers still worry about spill, Vietnamese way of life

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Vietnamese American shrimpers are slowly returning to their boats after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, but many are anxious about their futures working in the Gulf of Mexico. Although authorities have nearly reopened all federal waters following the April 20 BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that sent millions […]

GenRyu Arts celebrates 15th anniversary with ‘Rabbit in the Moon’

Born in early summer, fireflies are summer bugs: they die before seeing the fallen leaves. The ephemeral summer bugs made a rare appearance at the Brava Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District, and lighted the theater with the sound of Japanese taiko drums. GenRyu Arts’ new performance, “Tsuki no Usagi,” or the Rabbit in the […]

Artist shares camp memories in Japanese American Museum of SJ exhibit

Artist Chizuko Judy Sugita de Queiroz was 9 years old when she and her family were uprooted from their home in Orange, Calif. and incarcerated in a wartime concentration camp in Poston, Ariz. for three years. Sugita de Queiroz illustrates her childhood memories through watercolors in the traveling exhibit “Camp Days 1942-1945: Childhood Memories of […]

MTA Board Selects Connector Rail Route through Little Tokyo: Construction for the two-mile fully-underground project could begin in 2014 and be completed in 2019

LOS ANGELES — An underground railroad route through Little Tokyo moved one step closer to reality when the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) board of directors on Oct. 28 approved the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/R) for the Regional Connector project, clearing the way for the project to enter final environmental review and […]

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