Archives for November 2011

U.S. honors Japanese American veterans for service during World War II

WASHINGTON — A ceremony to award Japanese-American veterans with one of the highest honors in the United States for their service during World War II was held Nov. 2 at the U.S. Capitol. Former members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service received the Congressional Gold Medal in front […]

Lee to become S.F.’s first elected Asian American mayor

With a little more than 32,000 votes left to count, it’s all but certain: Ed Lee will stay on as mayor of San Francisco. When the ranked-choice votes were tallied on the 150,000-plus ballots counted so far in the mayor’s race, Lee ended up with about 61 percent of the vote after 11 rounds of […]

Mirkarimi holds lead over Miyamoto in S.F. sheriff’s race

With a little more than 32,000 votes left to count, the ranked-choice votes on the afternoon of Nov. 9 show that Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi is likely to beat his opponents to become San Francisco’s new sheriff. Mirkarimi, whose District 5 includes Japantown, has about 53 percent of the vote compared to 47 percent for sheriff’s […]

Okamoto top vote-getter in Foster City City Council race

First-time candidate Steve Okamoto, a retired financial consultant, was the top vote-getter in the Foster City, Calif. City Council race on Nov. 8, according to unofficial results from the elections division. Foster City City Councilman Art Kiesel was re-elected to one of three open seats on the five-member council, winning 21.4 percent of the vote, […]

Furutani, Buscaino headed for Jan. 17 runoff in Los Angeles City Council race

LOS ANGELES — California state Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-Long Beach) came in second in a crowded field of 11 candidates on Nov. 8, and is headed for a Jan. 17 runoff against Los Angeles Police Officer Joe Buscaino, the top vote-getter in the special election to fill out the term of former Los Angeles City […]

Prop C passes, Adachi’s Prop D fails in battle of dueling S.F. pension reform measures

Only one of two dueling measures to reform the pensions of San Francisco city workers was passed by voters on Nov. 8 — a collaborative proposal crafted by various city officials and labor and business leaders. Proposition C was approved and put on the ballot by interim Mayor Ed Lee and all 11 members of […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: The astonishing history of Japanese Americans in Louisiana (pt. 2)

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series. The Second World War hit Louisiana’s Japanese population hard. On Dec. 8, the Japanese consulate closed its doors and its Japanese alien employees were incarcerated. Japanese shrimp boats were grounded, and the Hinata art store in New Orleans closed its doors. The Hinata daughters, anticipating […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: The astonishing history of Japanese Americans in Louisiana

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series. The story of Japanese settlement in Louisiana, whether in the metropolis of New Orleans or in the bayous, is rather unknown, even to locals, but Nikkei have had a surprisingly large impact on the state’s history. Jokichi Takamine was possibly the first Japanese settler in […]


Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series. A friend in Oslo told me that the word Norway meant heading toward the north from Sweden and the name stuck to the entire country. Norway is similar to Sweden in many ways. They share the same Scandinavian heritage and their languages are similar enough […]

Keiro celebrates 50 years of caring for Nikkei seniors in Southern California

LOS ANGELES — Keiro Senior HealthCare, the largest nonprofit health care organization serving older Japanese Americans, is celebrating its 50th year of enhancing the quality of life for seniors in the Nikkei community. One in five Japanese Americans is over age 65, almost twice the national average. As the number of senior citizens increases, Keiro, […]

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