Japantown Task Force executive director passes

Japantown Task Force, Inc. Executive Director Robert Hamaguchi passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sept. 4 at his home surrounded by family members, after a more than year-long battle with cancer. He was 70. The Japantown Task Force hired Hamaguchi in 2006 as its executive director. He helped formulate and implement the Japantown […]

With the Census in peril, what will it take to ‘right the ship?’

The 2020 Census is off to a rocky start, with crucial preparations already delayed or falling to the wayside, largely a result of inadequate funding from Congress. Some of the nation’s oldest civil rights organizations, while fearing the worst, say there’s still time for Congress and the Trump administration to turn things around – but […]

Man who robbed elderly victims sentenced to 327-years-to life in prison

A 60-year-old man has been sentenced to 327-years-to-life in prison for a series of violent residential burglaries that targeted the elderly in San Francisco’s Chinatown and Japantown neighborhoods in 2014, prosecutors said Sept. 6. German Woods Jr., of San Francisco, was found guilty on all 16 counts of residential burglary, inflicting injury on an elder […]

19-year-old assault suspect targeted Asian women

A San Francisco man has been arrested in connection with a series of brutal assaults against Asian women that took place in the city’s Bayview and Ingleside districts, police said Sept. 1. Agustin Garcia, 19, was arrested on suspicion of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, battery with serious injuries, terrorist threats, […]

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 […]

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