Archives for January 2017

OBITUARY: Kikuyo Sekino

SEKINO, KIKUYO, 102, passed peacefully in her sleep after visiting with and surrounded by her children on December 16, 2016. She was preceded in death by husband, Yukio Sekino. She is survived by daughters Reiko (Shozo) Inomata, residing in Japan, Sachiko (Yoshiaki deceased) Tajima, and sons Osamu(Tsuruko), and Tad (Christie). She will be greatly missed […]

Wartime sex-slave memorial’s inscription finalized

The San Francisco Arts Commission’s Visual Arts Committee at its Jan. 18 meeting unanimously approved — with amendments — the proposed inscription for the “comfort women” memorial statue, which will be erected on Saint Mary’s Square. The inscription will be printed on a plate that will be installed on the statue. Created by Steven Whyte, […]

Wife of Florida nightclub shooter appears in court on federal terrorism charges

OAKLAND, Calif. — The wife of a man who killed 49 people in a Florida nightclub and then died in a gunfight with police in June made a brief appearance in federal court in Oakland the morning of Jan. 17 on charges that she aided her husband in the attack and obstructed the law enforcement […]

Toyota to invest $10 bil. in U.S. over 5 years

DETROIT — Toyota Motor Corp. will spend $10 billion in U.S. capital investments over the next five years, President Akio Toyoda announced Jan. 9, under an arrangement the automaker says predates U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to penalize it for plans to produce cars for the American market in Mexico. Toyoda made the announcement during […]

Japan hails Obama’s achievements, sounds optimism over Trump era

TOKYO — Japan hailed Jan. 11 progress made between the administrations of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama and expressed confidence bilateral relations will continue to improve after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the Japanese government’s top spokesman, made the remarks after Obama […]

Not fit for print (Apparently in the white media establishment)

First it was letters to the Travel Section of the Los Angeles Times, followed by an op-ed piece in The New York Times. These opinion pieces distorted the real experiences of the majority of Japanese Americans who had been placed into United States-style concentration camps during World War II. Seems like with the rise of […]

A ‘delectable’ though perhaps ‘paradoxical’ tribute to a civil rights icon

FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP By Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, Illustrated by Yutaka Houlette. (Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday Books, 2017, 112 pp., $18, hardcover) As indulgent friend/relative and indefatigable book advocate, one activity I have always found a great challenge is finding holiday books for the children on my list. (I have sometimes tongue-in-cheek attributed my […]

People of Color and the poor will be hardest hit by ACA repeal

President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to repeal and replace Obamacare is bad news for millions of Americans, but the poor and people of color are going to be hit hardest, say health care advocates. “The winners and losers from repealing Obamacare will depend crucially on the details of whatever replacement plan materializes,” said Larry Levitt, senior […]

Couple’s exhaustive search for documents led to truth behind WWll incarceration camps: Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga donates historic papers to UCLA Library Special Collections

LOS ANGELES — Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga was born an American citizen in Sacramento. She grew up in Los Angeles. But none of these facts prevented the U.S. government from incarcerating her and her family — alongside more than 120,000 residents of Japanese descent living on the West Coast, many of whom were also American citizens — […]

Abe offers condolences, hails reconciliation at Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered his “sincere and everlasting condolences” Dec. 27 at Pearl Harbor for those who died in the Japanese attack there in 1941, while praising the power of the reconciliation between Japan and the United States in the 75 years since then. In a speech following talks with U.S. […]

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