Archives for June 2013

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT: In memory of Bob Fletcher

Bob Fletcher died on May 23, 2013 at the age of 101 in Sacramento, Calif. In 1942, he was a state agricultural inspector who did not agree with the government ordered evacuation and felt that Japanese farmers had nothing to do with Pearl Harbor. He quit his job and went to work saving farms owned […]

LETTERS: A JAM Workshop Gem

Editor’s Note: This letter was sent in response to the “Close-knit Japantown artists reconnect” article that appeared in the May 2-15, 2013 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Dear Editor, I read with interest in Heather Ito’s story about (JAM), the Japantown Art and Media Workshop that made “poster, logo and brochure designs for various […]

Japanese American lawmaker Honda visits N.J. ‘comfort woman’ memorial

PALISADES PARK, New Jersey (Kyodo) — Japanese American Congressman Mike Honda visited a New Jersey memorial June 7 that honors women forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military during World War II. “The ‘comfort woman’ issue is a shameful thing,” the California politician said. “It’s a shameful thing and it should be put in […]

FULL COUNT: The mid-June baseball report

Roughly halfway through June, Athletics lefty specialist Hideki Okajima has made only four appearances since being called up on May 19. He has a 2.45 ERA with one strikeout. Oakland also has no pressing need for shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, who is doing fine in Triple-A Sacramento. That’s where he’s going to be for a while. […]

JCCCNC statement regarding the mayor of Osaka’s recent comments regarding the justification of supporting ‘comfort women’ during World War II

May 16, 2013 Responding to the recent comments of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) has released the following statement. As a Japanese American nonprofit organization founded by members of a community who have suffered the effects of racism and discrimination and who by acts of prejudice […]

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