Archives for May 2013

Hashimoto clarifies remarks on ‘comfort women’ after flak

OSAKA (Kyodo) — Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto on May 15 sought to clarify his remarks on a system to recruit women into sexual servitude for Japan’s soldiers during World War II, saying he personally does not condone the scheme. Two days after he made controversial remarks that the so-called comfort women were “necessary to maintain […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Cherry Blossom Festival

æ¡œ (Sakura) means “cherry blossom,” which consists of three parts. The left side represents a tree; the top right side represents a cherry flower necklace; and below that is a woman sitting. Together, the cherry blossom resembles a beautiful woman wearing a cherry blossom. 祭り (Matsuri) means “festival,” which consists of two parts. The top […]

Matsui feted in Tokyo retirement ceremony

TOKYO — Hideki Matsui brought down the curtain on his playing career on May 5 in an elaborate ceremony at his former home park, Tokyo Dome, as he and his first pro skipper, Hall of Famer Shigeo Nagashima, each received the People’s Honor Award from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “It’s been a long time,” […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: If at first you don’t succeed, soy again

After consuming countless blocks of tofu with shoyu or downing little cubes of tofu in your miso soup, you’ve probably lost interest in adding tofu or other soy products back into your regular diet. I don’t blame you. Tofu doesn’t look exciting. Plain tofu doesn’t really taste exciting. It’s just a non-descript wiggly mass of […]

FULL COUNT: Everyone’s doing well except Barney, League

Leading off the not-good list is Los Angeles Dodgers closer Brandon League, who is in danger of losing his job. In three appearances this month, League has faced 18 batters giving up six hits, five earned runs, and three walks for a 6.28 ERA. Kenley Jansen is set to take over if his struggles continue. […]

Santa Ono named first Asian American president of University of Cincinnati

Santa Ono, the University of Cincinnati’s first Asian American president, formally assumed his position April 19 after serving as interim president since August of last year. Ono is among the few Asian American college presidents in the U.S. Priorities in Running a Major Research University Ono has taken the helm of a prestigious university. The […]

OBITUARY: Teruo (Terry) Uyemoto

Uyemoto, Teruo (Terry), 96, was born on April 14, 1917 and passed away on April 15, 2013 while a resident at San Francisco Healthy Care. Terry was survived by his wife Sachiye and adult children with first-wife Shizue, who preceded him in death. Together they had four children: son Tetsuki (spouse Eileen, grandson Curtis, great […]

OBITUARY: Mitsu F. Kato

Kato, Mitsu F., 106, passed away on April 2, 2013, just one month and a day after her birthday. She was born in Walnut Grove, Calif. on March 1, 1907 to Niichi and Miwa Noyoshi Tatsuda. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy in 1929 and married Shigeo Kato (USC […]

CAAMFest 2013: New name represents expanded scope of former SFIAAFF

The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival has been a community institution for three decades. Since 1982, the festival has been perhaps the premier venue in the United States for Asian Americans filmmakers to showcase their cinematic works, and for Asian American filmgoers to see themselves on screen. This year, the Center for Asian […]

FULL COUNT: One month of baseball by the numbers

Four weeks into the 2013 season, most if not all Japanese and JA major leaguers are playing well. I’d only classify Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney (.208 average, 10 hits in 48 at-bats) and Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki (.220 average, three RBI in 17 games) as struggling at the plate. Yet Barney, who […]

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