Archives for June 2012

Reduced bus service to ‘accelerate destruction’ of San Francisco’s Japantown

Editor’s Note: According to the San Francisco Unified School District, it has reduced its bus service for the 2012-13 school year, due to ongoing state budget cuts. For more information, visit or call (415) 695-5505. The combined effect of the elimination of SFUSD school bus routes to the Nihonmachi Little Friends stop is the […]

LITTLE TOKYO SERVICE CENTER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FOUNDER RETIRES Bill Watanabe leaves after 32 years at the helm of the multi-purpose social welfare agency

LOS ANGELES — Bill Yoshiyuki Watanabe, founder and executive director of the Little Tokyo Service Center for the past 32 years, reflected on his career at LTSC on June 15, his last day at the office. “The feeling is kind of bittersweet, part of it is sad,” Watanabe said. “I kinda feel it today especially, […]

Watanabe receives Kunsho award

LOS ANGELES — Bill Watanabe, founder and executive director of Little Tokyo Service Center, was awarded the Japanese government’s Kunsho (Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays) on May 18, at the Japanese consul general’s official residence in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park District. Family members and friends of the honoree, and staff members […]

Shinagawa, Meng win N.Y. Democratic primaries

Nate Shinagawa, a Tompkins County legislator and healthcare administrator, won the June 26 Democratic primary in New York’s newly drawn 23rd Congressional District with 55 percent of the vote, the Ithaca Indy reports. Ithaca attorney Leslie Danks Burke came in second with 37 percent, followed by Oswego attorney Melissa Dobson with 7 percent. Shinagawa, 28, […]

Asian Americans respond to Pew: We’re not your model minority

It’s not every day that deep and rigorous research about Asian Americans is released to the public. So when the well-respected Pew Research Center released “The Rise of Asian Americans,” a comprehensive report on the community on June 19, it should have been reason enough to celebrate. Instead, the report, which hailed Asians as the […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: Why I hate API candidates

Editor’s Note: The following was originally posted on Bill Wong’s blog, After over 20 years of working in politics, I have come to hate my own people when it comes to campaigns. With a few notable exceptions, here are five of the reasons why we suck at politics and why I hate most Asian […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Human virtue, educational virtue and divine virtue

“In order to be a useful person in the world, one should strive to attain human virtue, educational virtue and divine virtue. — Konko founder 人 (Jin) means “human.” This character symbolizes two people supporting each other. When we support each other, we receive “human virtue.” å­¦ (Gaku) means “education,” which consists of two parts. […]

Japanese government honors NorCal Cherry Blossom Festival leaders

Dozens of community members associated with the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival gathered at the official residence of Consul General of Japan in San Francisco Hiroshi Inomata on the evening of May 30 to honor the work of the festival’s General Committee. The evening celebrated the presentation of the Commendation of the Minister for Foreign […]

House passes resolution of ‘regret’ for the Chinese Exclusion Act

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 683, a bipartisan resolution introduced by Rep. Judy Chu of California, on June 18. The resolution “formally expresses the regret of the House of Representatives for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and other legislation that discriminated against people of Chinese origin in the United […]

OBITUARY: Edward Eiichi Yamagishi

YAMAGISHI, EDWARD EIICHI passed quietly at home, during the early morning of June 19, 2012, after a brief illness. Born Jan. 12, 1927, Edward leaves his wife of 63 years, Akiko; 4 children, Jean Hiura, Donald Yamagishi, Eileen Leong (Norman), Sharon Fong (Jordan); 8 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. Owner and operator of Nisei Rug for […]

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