Archives for May 2014

OBITUARY: Yasuko Yamamoto

YAMAMOTO, YASUKO, 94, entered Nirvana on May 20, 2014. She will be remembered fondly by her husband, Takeo Yamamoto; step children Coleen (Gary) Matsuno, Scott (Julie) Yamamoto, Joan (Josh) Oen and step grandchildren Brian and Mark Matsuno; brother Masao (Helen) Sugiyama, sister-in-law Marie Sugiyama; nieces and nephews Sharon Carmichael, Shirley Sugiyama, Susan Clifford, Patty Gilmore, […]

OBITUARY: Sumio ‘Sam’ Ogami

OGAMI, SUMIO “SAM,” 90, passed away peacefully at home in San Mateo on May 10, 2014. Sam was born to DENKICHI and IMA OGAMI on June 28, 1923 in Watsonville, Calif. where he spent his childhood years and where he graduated from Watsonville High in June 1941. After Pearl Harbor he and his family were […]

Jodo Shinshu Center to hold ‘Being Gay, Being Buddhist’ event

BERKELEY, Calif. — The Jodo Shinshu Center will host a half-day seminar entitled “Being Gay, Being Buddhist” Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Actor and social justice activist George Takei is slated to serve as the keynote speaker, pending his availability. The LGBTQ community and Shin Buddhism seminar will begin with registration […]

Judge issues protective order on evidence in Chow, Yee case

A federal judge in San Francisco issued a protective order May 19 enabling 25 defendants and their lawyers in a corruption, money laundering and arms dealing case to begin looking at four years of prosecution evidence, but requiring them to keep it confidential. The defendants in the case include suspended state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Those lesser known soy ‘offal’

We all know about the leading characters created by the humble soy bean, tofu, soymilk and edamame. But from the seeds of Glycine max,  we also derive okara and yuba along with shoyu, miso and aburaage. In some cases, it almost seems like these products are the unacknowledged children of soybeans, the offal. The Offal […]

Transient charged with attempted murder, hate crimes in Walmart assault on child

SAN JOSE — A woman accused of attacking a 4-year-old girl and her father with a crowbar in a Walmart store in May 13 targeted the pair because they were Asian, prosecutors said May 15. Maria Garate, 20, was arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court May 15 on charges of premeditated attempted murder with […]

Join us in fighting to save the community press

It was nearly five years ago when, during the worst of economic climates in four decades, we launched the Nichi Bei Foundation with nothing more than hopes and dreams, and some vision. It would have been easier to accept our fate with the old Japanese saying, shikataganai, or “it cannot be helped.” But with almost […]

No surprise racism lurked underneath U.C. Santa Barbara mass murderer’s rage

There was no surprise that in between U.C. Santa Barbara’s mass murderer Elliot Rodger’s warped, sick, and perverse harangues against women, he also laced in a generous dose of racist rage and stereotyping. “I passed by this restaurant and I saw this black guy chilling with 4 hot white girls. He didn’t even look good. […]

Indirect deaths from March 2011 disaster exceed direct ones

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) — The number of people dying of indirect causes related to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami has exceeded those who lost their lives directly in the disaster in Fukushima Prefecture, the home of a crippled nuclear complex, the prefectural government said May 27. As of May 26, the number of those […]

World War II MIS veterans hold ‘touching’ reunion after 67 years

After World War II ended in 1945, the Military Intelligence Service soldiers played a vital role in aiding Japan’s reconstruction, connecting Gen. Douglas Macarthur to the Japanese people though their language interpretation. Like other military groups, these Nisei men formed strong, unforgettable friendships during their service. However, when it was time to return home, most […]

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