Archives for February 2013

FULL COUNT: Dice K and Okajima return

Boston outfielder Shane Victorino is eager to represent the U.S. in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. He’s set to leave Red Sox camp on March 3 to join Team USA in Arizona. Meanwhile, his teammate and relief pitcher Koji Uehara will likely open the season as the primary set-up man for closer Joel Hanrahan. But […]

THE KAERU KID: Tora, Tora, Tora in India

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of a four-part series. Viewing the increasingly rare Bengal tiger in the wild is a dream for any animal lover such as myself. I had been to Tiger Tops resort in Nepal more than 30 years ago, but never saw a tiger there. In India, their scarcity has […]

Judo legend Keiko Fukuda, 99, passes away

The world’s highest-ranking female judo master, Keiko Fukuda, passed away in her home in San Francisco on Feb. 16. She was 99. Fukuda was the last living student of Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, and ranked 10th-dan by U.S.A. Judo and the U.S. Judo Federation and ninth-dan by the Japanese Kodokan (the headquarters for […]

Oikos shooting suspect to be treated at Napa State Hospital

OAKLAND, Calif. (Bay City News Service) — A judge ordered Jan. 28, the man accused of murdering seven people in a shooting rampage at Oakland’s Oikos University last April to be treated at the Napa State Hospital in a bid to restore his mental competency to stand trial. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carrie Panetta […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Facing the horror of war and violence

It has been a while since the terrible shootings at that elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and we’ve all wrung our hands and carried on about the horror of it, the murders of 20 young school children and the six teachers by a disturbed young man. We live in a country that more or less […]

STORIES OF RESISTANCE: A centennial of civil liberties and American patriotism

This year is the centennial of a remarkable year for civil liberties in American history. In 1913, Harriet Tubman (the Moses of her people and abolitionist heroine of the Underground Railroad, who led slaves in the south to freedom in the north) died, and Rosa Parks (civil rights activist who challenged the segregated public bus […]

25 YEARS SINCE THE CIVIL LIBERTIES ACT OF 1988: A look back at the historic Japanese American Redress Movement

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which awarded reparations and an official apology to tens of thousands of Japanese Americans who were held in American concentration camps or whose civil liberties and human rights were violated in other ways by the United States government during […]

2013 Day of Remembrance events

SUNDAY, FEB. 10 In memory of the Nikkei who were detained in Hawai‘i during World War II, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i will celebrate its Day of Remembrance at 1 p.m. at its Manoa Grand Ballroom, 2454 South Beretania St., Honolulu. The event will explore the lessons of the wartime incarceration of persons of […]

Korematsu Day event honors Asian Pacific American civil rights ‘heroes’

San Francisco celebrated its third annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, the first day named after an Asian American in the United States, on Jan. 27 at Herbst Theater in San Francisco. The event celebrates Fred T. Korematsu, who resisted unconstitutional laws that incarcerated nearly 120,000 people of Japanese decent during […]

OBITUARY: Kaoru Inouye

INOUYE, KAORU, 87, passed away peacefully at her home Dec. 6, 2012. She is survived by her children, Ken (Yvonne) and Kathy (Alfred Chu); grandchildren, Jeffrey and Lindsay Chu and Brian and Lisa Inouye; brothers, Takeji and Akira (Kaoru) Suwabe; brother-in-law, Kazuo (Toshiko) Inouye and many nieces and nephews and their children. She was preceded […]

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