Archives for September 2010

S.F. / Bay Area Nikkei Singles of JCCCNC scholarship available

The S.F./Bay Area Nikkei Singles of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California will present one scholarship for $ 1,500 to a graduating high school senior or post-secondary education student. Applicants must also be member of a single-parent home. Students must be planning to continue their education at an institute of higher learning […]

Schwarzenegger impressed by Japan’s bullet train technology

TOKYO (Kyodo) — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sept. 14 took a test ride of a chartered shinkansen bullet train between Tokyo and Omiya in Saitama Prefecture, north of the capital, as his state is seeking to introduce a high-speed railway system. The governor, who is on a two-day trade mission to Japan from Sept. […]

Leaders to discuss community revitalization on Sept. 18, in SF’s J-Town

San Francisco’s Japantown, as with numerous Nikkei communities, has faced more than a few challenges in recent years. The 2006 purchase of the Kintetsu and Miyako malls by Beverly Hills-based 3D Investments and the closure of the beloved Japantown Bowl a few years prior, are just two events that have caused a community outcry. These […]

EDITORIAL: Happy Birthday … to … us!

With this week’s issue, we have reached a milestone that was probably somewhat unthinkable, at least unimaginable, in the early days of our struggle to rebuild as a nonprofit newspaper. Today, it’s our first anniversary, so to speak. The first edition of the Nichi Bei Weekly rolled off the presses in its innovative and groundbreaking […]

Story of Nikkei nurseries told at Richmond Museum of History

RICHMOND, Calif. — For Nisei Tom Oishi, the Sept. 12 opening ceremony at the Richmond Museum of History was cathartic. “I couldn’t believe what the U.S. government did to us when they sent us to the camp,” said the 88-year-old Oishi, who during World War II was sent to Tanforan Assembly Center in San Bruno, […]

JCCCNC announces recipients of Okamoto volunteer and leadership awards

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) announced on Sept. 9 the 2010 recipients of the Kay Okamoto Volunteer Award and the Takeo Okamoto Community Leadership Award. Each award will be presented at “Tabemasho: From Generation to Generation,” the JCCCNC’s annual event, which will be held on Sept. 25. Kay Okamoto Volunteer […]

U.S. ex-POW says door to reconciliation opened with recent visit to Japan

TOKYO — The visit by six former American prisoners of war to Japan has opened the door for reconciliation and it should be opened more, said one of the six, Lester Tenney, who survived the 1942 Bataan Death March as a captive of the Imperial Japanese Army. In an interview with Kyodo News in Tokyo […]

New Mexico high school named after Nikkei veteran

GALLUP, N.M. — Some 300 people gathered at Hiroshi Miyamura High School on Sept. 4 to celebrate the dedication and naming of the school, said principal Frank Chiapetti. Hiroshi “Hershey Miyamura” was born in Gallup, and graduated from Gallup High School, before enlisting in the U.S. Army, where he served as a member of the 442nd […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: The censorship of Japanese American history

The story of Executive Order 9066 and the mass removal and confinement of Japanese Americans during World War II is a difficult one for many people to wrestle with, even today. The inability of Americans to deal fully with the wartime treatment of Japanese Americans can be demonstrated by looking at two different incidents of […]


One hardly expects wit from an economist, so it is really fun to read Nobel Prize-winning writer Paul Krugman’s articles and essays. He has so much to say about the current economy and current events, and his writing is so engaging that even dire news comes across as lively. The nonprofit Truthout published a recent […]

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