Archives for July 2013

Plans revealed for high-rise in S.F.’s J-Town

ADCO and Cathedral Hill Plaza Associates, L.P. filed a Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report to build a 262-unit, 36-story, 416-foot tall residential tower in San Francisco’s Japantown on June 12. If approved, the proposed project would take place at 1481 Post St. on the western portion of 1333 Gough St. According to […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Remembering the McCarran-Walter Act

This week’s column commemorates the 60th birthday of the opening of naturalization to Japanese immigrants, as a result of the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act (McCarran-Walter Act). Enacted in the summer of 1952, at the height of the McCarthy era, with Congress overriding President Harry Truman’s veto, the act was a product of Cold War […]

THE KAERU KID: Meeting Warren Buffett

Not all my travels are to exotic foreign countries, as this trip will illustrate. A retired pilot friend, Captain Dave, owns 10 shares of Berkshire Hathaway and invited me to attend the annual meeting of the company in Omaha, Neb. He said airline captains are noted for being frugal and knowing how I travel, he […]

Longtime Pacific Citizen editor Harry Honda dies

LOS ANGELES — Harry K. Honda, a longtime editor of the Japanese American Citizens League’s house organ Pacific Citizen, passed away on July 4, 2013, the JACL announced. He was 93. Honda was born in Los Angeles in 1919. He attended Belmont High, where he worked as managing editor of the school newspaper. He spent […]

Pro basketball team in Japan hires Japanese American head coach

KOBE, Japan — San Jose, Calif. native Danny Yoshikawa — who was an assistant coach under fellow Japanese American Rex Walters at the University of San Francisco Dons basketball program from 2008 to 2012 — was recently named the head coach of the Hyogo Storks of the newly-formed National Basketball League in Japan. Japan’s top […]

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was going nearly 40 mph too slow during descent to SFO

(Bay City News) — National Transportation Safety Board investigators on July 8 were interviewing the four pilots who were in the cockpit of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 when it crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said at a news conference in South San Francisco July 8 that the […]

Former student, now pop star in Japan, recounts story

Reprint by permission of Palo Alto Weekly/ The article was originally published at By CHRIS KENRICK Palo Alto Online A school-sponsored trip to Japan sparked a love for all things Japanese in Chris Hart, a 13-year-old African American teenager from Palo Alto, Calif. That was in 1998. Today at 28, Hart lives in Tokyo […]

FULL COUNT: Giants call up Tanaka with All-Star break approaching

Utility man Kensuke Tanaka was called up to San Francisco on July 9 after batting .330 with 24 RBIs and 20 steals for the Fresno Grizzlies. He started for the Giants in left field on Tuesday night against the Mets, but is normally a second baseman. As for the Athletics, neither Hideki Okajima nor Hiroyuki […]

OBITUARY: Teruo Hirokawa

HIROKAWA, TERUO, 92, born May 28, 1921 in Hawaii. Interned at Tule Lake, Calif. during the war and married Yuriko, pre-deceased in 1985.  He was President of Otagiri Mercantile Co. 1971-1994 and was Director of The Bank of Tokyo of California in the 1980’s. An avid golfer, he was member of Kasumi Golf Club for […]

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