Archives for March 2017

Japanese Latin Americans receive favorable hearing; ruling may not come for years

WASHINGTON — Isamu Carlos “Art” Shibayama and the Campaign for Justice: Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans! delegation appeared to have received a favorable hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights March 21, but an official ruling may not be expected for years. The IACHR is an independent agency of the Organization of American […]

OBITUARY: Betty Shimoda

SHIMODA, BETTY, 89, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2017 in Sebastopol, Calif. surrounded by her family. She was born Hiroko Kojima on January 5, 1928 in Osaka, Japan. She was a Corte Madera, Calif., resident from 1967, and then moved to Sebastopol, Calif. to live with her elder daughter and her family for the […]

U.S. top court dismisses appeal over ‘comfort women’ statue in Calif

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — The U.S. Supreme Court on March 27 rejected an appeal filed by Japanese Americans seeking removal of a statue in California symbolizing women who were forced to work in wartime Japanese brothels. The decision came despite the Japanese government’s opinion presented to the U.S. Supreme Court in February asking it to […]

AB 491, to educate public about Japanese American incarceration, passes committee

TORRANCE, Calif.  — Assembly Bill 491, legislation introduced by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi that would allocate $3 million in grants to the State Library to educate Californians about the World War II incarceration of  Japanese Americans, passed the Assembly Education Committee on March 22 by a unanimous vote of 7-0. The bill designates $1 million each […]

Japanese Americans speak up for Muslim Americans

SAN JOSE, Calif. — “A monetary sum and words alone cannot restore lost years or erase painful memories. Neither can they fully convey our nation’s resolve to rectify injustice and to uphold the rights of individuals.” Tom Oshidari, co-president of the Japanese American Citizens League, San Jose chapter, was reading from the letter he had […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Life of flower

花 (Hana) means “flower.” The top indicates a plant. The left side below the plant indicates a person, and the right side indicates the person who is upside down in the ground, meaning death. A flower begins as a plant, blooms as a flower, and then it eventually dies. 命 (Inochi) means “life.” The top indicates a […]

Retired light-rail dispatcher killed by VTA bus near San Jose’s Japantown

SAN JOSE — A retired light-rail dispatcher for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority was killed by a VTA bus near San Jose’s Japantown on the evening of March 23, VTA officials said. Milpitas resident Benny Cheung, 60, had recently retired after 37 years with the transit agency when he was killed. The VTA board […]

Raising hope and awareness for mixed-race bone marrow matches

As a multiracial American (Japanese-Okinawan, Mexican, and German), I’ve always thought of my mixed-ness as a unique part of my identity. Recently though, I’ve learned that this attribute is a possible health concern if I were ever to be diagnosed with a blood or bone disease. More than 50,000 multiracial patients a year search for […]

OBITUARY: Frank Akira Iwama

IWAMA, FRANK AKIRA, 75, a pioneering Asian American lawyer who successfully represented the Japanese American Citizens League in the effort to obtain redress from the United States government for wrongful detention of Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II, died on September 23, 2016 in San Mateo, California Frank was born on April […]

OBITUARY: Billy Kazuyoshi Hatano

HATANO, BILLY KAZUYOSHI, 86, passed away with his family by his side on March 6, 2017 in Sacramento, from a heart-related ailment. A 1949 graduate of Roseville High School, Billy lived a full life that included 34 years at the Sacramento Army Depot, diligently working from an entry level mail clerk to a computer systems […]

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