Archives for March 2015

INJUSTICE ON THE SILVER SCREEN: Films of Remembrance sheds light on WWII history

The Nichi Bei Foundation held its fourth annual Films of Remembrance Feb. 21 at the New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown. The program featured the latest in films focusing on the Japanese American wartime experience and preceded the Bay Area Day of Remembrance, which took place the next day. Some 600 people attended the […]

Ato, who donated more than $1 mil. in kimono to festival, dies

TOKYO — Seishichi Ato, former president and senior advisor of Fujiyasu Kimono Co. Ltd. in Tokyo, passed away on Feb. 26 of gallbladder cancer according to Benh Nakajo, chair of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program. He was 92. Ato, who wished to express gratitude to the Japanese American community for sending postwar […]

OBITUARY: Kikue Hatamiya Tomita

TOMITA, KIKUE HATAMIYA, 95, passed away March 2, 2015. She was born Sept. 7, 1919 and raised in Marysville, Calif., where she was graduated from Yuba College. In 1941 she married Tad Tomita. During WWII, she and Tad were sent to Tule Lake, Calif. Kikue was relocated to Amache, Colo., while Tad, under the sponsorship […]

A look at ‘Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm’

Some documentaries get by largely on the strength of their subject matter. Jim Choi’s new documentary, “Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm,” could have easily been such a film. Its subjects, the Masumoto family, are icons of the slow food movement. Their pioneering organic farm — run by husband and wife, David “Mas” and […]

2015 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen candidates announced

With the 48th annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival a month away, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program introduced its four candidates for 2015 queen March 14 at the Union Bank Community Room in San Francisco’s Japantown. The program, to be held April 11, will select the new queen and court on the first […]

Calls in Feb. threatened to kill envoy Kennedy

TOKYO — The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo received several calls in February threatening to kill Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, investigative sources said March 17. Tokyo police are investigating the calls, made by someone speaking English and in a male voice, as a suspected case of blackmail, according to the sources. An embassy official declined to comment. […]

Tokyo marks 70th anniversary of 1945 U.S. air raids

TOKYO  — Tokyo marked the 70th anniversary March 10 of the U.S. firebombings of the capital during World War II, holding events to commemorate the 100,000 victims of the bombings and to pray for peace. During a Buddhist memorial service in Sumida Ward, which was one of the badly hit downtown areas in the 1945 […]

Japan marks 4 years since quake, tsunami

TOKYO — Japan marked the fourth anniversary March 11 of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country’s northeastern region, left more than 18,000 people dead or missing and triggered the continuing Fukushima nuclear crisis. The anniversary came as reconstruction in the hard-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima has not progressed as planned, […]

Racist, homophobic police text messages could lead to criminal cases being thrown out: Adachi

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi estimates as many as 1,000 criminal cases will be reviewed following the racist and homophobic text messages allegedly sent by four San Francisco police officers. Adachi and his colleagues said March 17 that their office has already identified 120 cases involving two of the four officers and said those […]

Former Assemblymember Yamada announce state Senate bid

DAVIS, Calif. — Former California state Assemblymember Mariko Yamada on March 14 formally began her 2016 campaign for state Senate to represent the 3rd District, comprised of Solano and Napa counties, and portions of Contra Costa, Sacramento, Sonoma and Yolo counties. Yamada, a professional social worker and former Yolo County Supervisor, enters the race with […]

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