Archives for June 2013

Nichi Bei president receives Consul General Award

BERKELEY, Calif. — Nichi Bei Foundation President Kenji G. Taguma was presented the Consul General Award by Consul General of Japan in San Francisco Hiroshi Inomata last month. The award presentation was made at the VIP Reception for sponsors of the third annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, held at Berkeley Bowl West on […]

NPS to hold meetings to create plan for Tule Lake

TULELAKE, Calif. — The National Park Service will hold public workshops to create a “national dialogue” about Tule Lake’s future. The conversations will result in a General Management Plan to identify how to protect and educate the public about the site, where thousands of persons of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated in an American concentration camp […]

Hawai‘i governor establishes ‘Civil Liberties and the Constitution Day’

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill June 7 establishing Jan. 30 each year as “Civil Liberties and the Constitution Day.” While it’s not a state holiday, “the observance is intended to celebrate, honor and educate the public about these individuals’ commitment to preserving civil liberties,” a statement issued by Abercrombie’s office said. […]

Minorities face more subtle housing discrimination, HUD finds

WASHINGTON — While the “blatant acts of housing discrimination” that minorities face has continued to decline in the U.S., “more subtle forms of housing denial” continue, states a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Urban Institute in a study that was released June 11. According to “Housing Discrimination Against Racial and Ethnic […]

OBITUARY: Alice Kimiko Hayashi

HAYASHI, ALICE KIMIKO of Sacramento went to her next life peacefully June 13, 2013 at the age of 100. She was the second daughter of three girls born to the late Frank and Matsuye Sakata of Kumamoto, Japan. Born July 10, 1912 in Clarksburg, Calif., Alice attended a one-room schoolhouse until the family moved to […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Interpreting Tule Lake

I would like to urge all of the readers of the Nichi Bei Weekly to participate in the National Park Service’s plans to create and develop a historical site at the Tule Lake Unit in Newell, Calif. I received a letter from the director, Mike Reynolds, who is superintendent of the Tule Lake Unit of […]

S.F. Board of Supervisors condemns Hashimoto’s remarks about WWII brothels

OSAKA  (Kyodo) — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has adopted a resolution condemning Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s remarks about Japan’s wartime system of military brothels, Osaka city officials said June 24 . Hashimoto, who co-heads the Japan Restoration Party, has come under fire for the remarks claiming the wartime brothels were “necessary” for soldiers. […]

Shirakawa sentencing delays, pleads not guilty in fake mailer case

SAN JOSE (Bay City News) — Former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa pleaded not guilty June 7 to allegedly impersonating a political candidate in an unusual hearing in which the judge said he himself might be a potential witness and have to recuse himself. Shirakawa, 51, was arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court […]

‘BECAUSE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE’: Triathlete Kelly Miyahara hopes to participate in Ironman championship to honor late friend

People have many reasons why they participate in the Ironman World Championship triathlon, which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. Some people may do it for their health or to prove something despite other challenges. Others do it to honor a friendship. “Jeopardy!” Clue Crew member and former […]

Sorry John Curtas, but use of the racial slur ‘Jap’ is not acceptable, even as an abbreviation

LOS ANGELES — When are people going to learn tha(t) slurs, epithets and otherwise derogatory language targeting any group based on their ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation are unacceptable? Just as important, when are people going to understand that there is no difference between them, other than the group the term targets? Sadly, the […]

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