Archives for January 2016

Japanese pop group SMAP pledge to continue as group

TOKYO — SMAP, one of the most popular and longest-lived Japanese pop groups, pledged to continue as a group Jan. 18, days after media reports that they were on the verge of breaking up, as grieving fans in Japan and other Asian countries apparently moved them. At the outset of their TV variety show “SMAP […]

Prosecutors say ‘Shrimp Boy’ verdict is fair

Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, the leader of a Chinatown fraternal association, was convicted by a federal jury in San Francisco Jan. 8 on all 162 organized-crime counts lodged against him, including murder and racketeering conspiracy. Chow, 56, was convicted of racketeering conspiracy in running an ongoing criminal enterprise and of the murder in aid of […]

Despite Clarkson, turnovers lead to the Lakers’ downfall

OAKLAND, Calif. — On Jan. 14, Jordan Clarkson led the Los Angeles Lakers on their final visit to the Bay Area this season as they took on the defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors. Despite leading the Lakers with 22 points, the Lakers fell to the Warriors 116-98 at Oracle Arena. Clarkson, a 6-foot-5 […]

Man convicted of misdemeanor vandalism, hate crime charges for anti-Chinese graffiti

A man arrested in connection with anti-Chinese graffiti in the Portola and Bayview neighborhoods of San Francisco was found guilty Jan. 7 of misdemeanor vandalism and hate crime charges. John Schenone, 62, of San Francisco, was found guilty of 13 misdemeanors including seven counts of vandalism and six counts of a hate crime by way […]

Bay Area JA group condemns anti-Muslim, Arab and refugee rhetoric

As anti-Muslim and anti-refugee rhetoric reaches unprecedented levels, the Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium held a press conference and candlelight vigil Dec. 22 with leaders of the Muslim community in San Francisco’s Japantown to condemn the statements made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and others in the wake of the Nov. 13 Paris […]

When it comes to hatred and prejudice, it’s time to See Something Say Something

We live in anxious times. We probably always will. And I don’t say this lightly. I’ll never shake the memories of the times I sprinted out of my office in the Senate or rushed down the steps of the Capitol in panicked evacuation because planes had come too close and were possible terrorist attacks. Sometimes […]

Japan, S. Korea strike landmark deal on ‘comfort women’

SEOUL — Japan and South Korea on Dec. 28 struck a landmark deal to “finally and irreversibly” resolve the protracted dispute over Korean women who were procured for Japan’s wartime military brothels. As part of the deal, Japan will contribute 1 billion yen ($8.4 million) from its state budget in a foundation South Korea will […]

Boxer introduces bill designating Tule Lake camp as National Historic Site

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on Dec. 17 introduced legislation to establish the former Tule Lake concentration camp as a National Historic Site managed by the National Park Service, a statement from Boxer’s office said. Tule Lake was the largest “War Relocation Authority” camp during World War II, incarcerating nearly 19,000 persons of […]

A time to take a stand

Between calls for banning Muslims from entering the United States to references to the mass incarceration of some 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in American concentration camps, politicians in recent weeks have evoked a sense of hysteria and fear-mongering that many have likened to that of the World War II-era. Japanese Americans, who are all […]

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: The process of becoming a better minister

Happy New Year! It has been two years since I last wrote, and in that time I finished my Buddhist training and have become an assistant minister in my village. It’s pretty difficult because as I was told: Being a minister is not a job, it’s a lifestyle; there’s no clocking out. But it is […]

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