J-Sei celebrates 40 years of community service, evolution

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY — J-Sei Board President Bruce Hironaka (L) and J-Sei Executive Director Diane Wong receive a commendation from Consul General of Japan in San Francisco Hiroshi Inomata at the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration on Sept. 10.  photo by Kenji G. Taguma/Nichi Bei Weekly

OAKLAND, Calif. — Some 240 supporters helped to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a cherished East Bay agency on Sept. 10, taking a video tour of the agency’s past while gaining some insight into its evolving future. And while the organization went through a name change and rebranding of its mission over the past year, […]

Panel explores ‘inadequate’ state of multiculturalism in Japan

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For centuries, the Japanese government promoted ethnic homogeneity. The Tokugawa Shogunate prohibited foreigners from entering the country for some 200 years, and barriers to immigration remained high even after the isolationist policy ended in 1854. In recent decades, a lagging economy and aging population have compelled Japan’s leaders to reconsider traditional attitudes toward foreign residents. […]

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