Archives for August 2017

U.N. Security Council condemns N. Korea missile test as ‘outrageous’

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — The U.N. Security Council on Aug. 29 strongly condemned North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan as an “outrageous” threat, demanding Pyongyang conduct no more such launches or nuclear tests. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a presidential statement during an emergency meeting convened at the request of Japan, the […]

First Nichi Bei Day of Giving to raise funds through Sept. 4

In order to raise critically-needed funds, support a small but dedicated staff, and create a reserve fund, the Nichi Bei Foundation has launched its first Nichi Bei Day of Giving now through Monday, Sept. 4. Through Labor Day, a series of online and check donations will be met with matching grants, helping to address the […]

Soldiers’ Homecoming: Japanese flags returned to families after decades abroad

More than 70 years ago, American soldiers fighting on the frontlines took home souvenirs from the dead bodies of Japanese soldiers. Today, they are finding their way back home to Japan through the efforts of the Obon Society. Based in Astoria, Ore., Rex and Keiko Ziak work full time to accept, catalogue and research Japanese […]

Diverse cops make the difference in policing hate

Hate crimes are on the rise nationwide, including here in San Francisco, where the city’s diversity also happens to be a hallmark of the San Francisco Police Department’s (SFPD) Hate Crimes Unit. It’s one of just a handful of such units across the country, and officials say its diversity is a key part of its […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: America’s favorite sandwich

Continuing with last month’s theme and since we’re smack dab in the middle of summer, let’s talk about America’s favorite sandwich — the hamburger! It used to be America’s favorite fast food until pizza dethroned it years ago. This simple sandwich consisting of a ground beef patty served between two slices of bread created by […]

NPS announces $1.2M for World War II JA incarceration sites

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service announced in a statement Aug. 17 $1.2 million in grants to “fund preservation, restoration, and education projects” at several sites where some 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated by the U.S. government during World War II. Grantees • Chicago Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, Chicago, Ill., “The Kansha […]

Oakland firefighter fatally shot identified, suspect arrested

SAN JOSE — San Jose police have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of murdering one off-duty Oakland firefighter and shooting another on the evening of Aug. 17 in the city’s Japantown district. San Jose Police Department spokesman Albert Morales said police identified and located the suspect, San Jose resident Oliver Juinio, a short time […]

The rediscovered works of Kaneji Domoto

While Kaneji Domoto passed away in 2002 at the age of 89, his work and life have been revived through an exhibit at the Center for Architecture in New York. Domoto, a native of Oakland, Calif., was a New Rochelle, N.Y.-based architect and landscape architect who studied and worked with legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, […]

OBITUARY: Seiichi (Sam) Kimura

KIMURA, SEIICHI (SAM), 79, of San Jose, CA passed away on November 11, 2016, after a long illness. Seiichi was born in rural Oakland on September 5, 1937. At the age of 5, Seiichi and his family were part of the World War II Japanese relocation into concentration camps in Arizona and Wyoming. He served […]

OBITUARY: Chiyo Nao Wada

WADA, CHIYO NAO, 98, passed away on July 21, 2017, in San Francisco. She is survived by her children, Edward, Richard (Rita), Patricia (Grant) and Wayne (Loan); grandchildren, Christopher (Whitney), Katherine (Jeremy) and Benjamin; great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Magnolia; brother Isamu Nao; brothers-in-law Yorinobu (Shinako) Wada and Richard Hamasaki; and many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by […]

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