Archives for February 2017

OBITUARY: Kaoru Kay Maeyama

MAEYAMA, KAORU KAY, 89, was born in Vacaville, CA on August 15, 1927 and passed away peacefully on January 28 surrounded by her family. Kay is survived by her husband, Jun Maeyama, two children, Mark (Melissa) Maeyama of Pleasant Hill and Lynn Maeyama of Concord and 5 grandchildren. Kay was interned with her family at […]

OBITUARY: Kikuyo “Babe” Sentachi

SENTACHI, KIKUYO “BABE,” passed away on Jan. 12, 2017.  She is survived by son Alan, daughter Vicki Akagi (Glenn) and grandchildren Terra and Daren. A memorial service will be held on Sat. March 11, 2017 at SF Buddhist Church at 2 pm.

California officials praise ruling as Trump vows to appeal

A federal appeals court in San Francisco declined Feb. 9 to reinstate President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down the Trump administration’s bid for an emergency stay of Feb. 3 order by a federal trial judge […]

1-alarm fire at Japantown apartment building quickly contained

Firefighters quickly extinguished a one-alarm fire at an apartment complex the morning of Feb. 14 in San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood, according to fire officials. Firefighters first responded to the blaze at 8:55 a.m. at 1600 Webster St., fire officials said on Twitter. The fire was under control by 9:02 a.m., according to fire officials. The […]

Three arrested in connection with strong-armed robberies

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Three people have been arrested in connection with a string of recent strong-armed robberies in San Jose, police announced Feb. 2. Santos Thompson, 21, Carissa Martinez, 26, and Anthony Macias, 36, all of San Jose, were arrested on suspicion of strong-armed robbery, according to the San Jose Police Department. The police […]

‘Telling Stories’ shorts at Films of Remembrance spotlights little-known WWII episodes

The Nichi Bei Foundation will present the sixth annual Films of Remembrance Saturday, Feb. 25 at the New People Cinema, 1746 Post St. in San Francisco’s Japantown. Three short films, each telling the World War II incarceration experience through unique lenses, compose the “Telling Stories” shorts program at 12:15 p.m. For more information or tickets, […]

Angus Macbeth, CWRIC special counsel, dies

The Japanese American Citizens League issued a statement Jan. 23 “mourn(ing) the passing of Angus Macbeth, who served as special counsel to the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) and headed its staff. The CWRIC report, “Personal Justice Denied,” and its recommendations formed the basis for the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.” […]

OBITUARY: Sadame Kojimoto

KOJIMOTO, SADAME, 88, after enduring Alzheimer’s Disease for twenty years, peacefully passed away on January 4, 2017. Sadame was born on March 18, 1928, in San Francisco Chinatown, the youngest daughter of Tsunesuke and Setsu Hara. The Hara family lived next-door to the International Hotel on Kearny Street. Sadame’s parents operated a dry-cleaning business at […]

OBITUARY: Aiko Mikami

MIKAMI, AIKO, 87, of Lodi, died on January 18. She was born in Hiroshima, Japan, on August 27, 1929. A devoted student of Japanese arts, Mrs. Mikami received at the age of 28 the highest tea ceremony certificate, Midare, from the School of Omotesenke and was the only person in the U.S. to hold such […]

OBITUARY: Etsuko Phyllis Tsukasaki

TSUKASAKI, ETSUKO PHYLLIS, 97, passed away on Jan. 2, 2017. Born April 15, 1919, she spent her early years in Concord, CA, as a farmer’s daughter and attended San Jose State College. In 1941 she married the late Dr. Mas G. Tsukasaki. Following Concentration Camp at Topaz, Utah they settled in Berkeley, CA since 1945. […]

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