Archives for January 2014

DRIVEN TO SUCCEED: Jean Shiomoto leads California’s massive Department of Motor Vehicles

Editor’s Note: The following article was originally published in Currents, an Asian Pacific American community newspaper that serves the Sacramento, Calif. area. SACRAMENTO — In a crowded coffee house in the Greenhaven-Pocket area of South Sacramento, I met with Jean Shiomoto, who was recently appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as the director of […]

WWII officer Onoda, who refused to surrender, dies

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Hiroo Onoda, a former Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who continued fighting on a Philippine island for decades after Japan’s surrender in World War II, died of heart failure at a Tokyo hospital Jan. 16, his family said. He was 91. Onoda, who hailed from Wakayama Prefecture, returned to Japan in March […]

SF School Board unanimously approves plan to move Asawa School of the Arts

(Bay City News Service) —The San Francisco board of education unanimously approved Jan. 14 a plan to create an arts education center near San Francisco’s City Hall where the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts would be relocated. As part of the design for the site at 135 Van Ness Ave., the school, currently located […]

FULL COUNT: Sakata returns to SJ; A’s ponder Nakajima

Rakuten Eagles ace and 30 consecutive game winner Masahiro Tanaka had until 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 24 to announce which of the five MLB teams that have bids in for his services he intended to sign with. Reports and ramblings had put the Los Angeles Dodgers ahead of the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, […]

Tanaka gets $155 mil., 7-year deal with Yanks

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — Rakuten Eagles ace Masahiro Tanaka has agreed to a seven-year contract with the New York Yankees, the club announced Jan. 22. The deal, reportedly worth $155 million, will be the biggest ever for a posted Japanese player. It includes an out clause that would allow Tanaka to leave after four years. […]

San Jose looks to sell land used by theater company, movie theaters, fire station

SAN JOSE (Bay City News Service) — The sites of the San Jose Stage Company, Camera 12 theaters, a landmark former fire station and a complex in Japantown are on a list of 31 properties owned by San Jose that officials have proposed be sold to the highest bidder. The properties recommended for sale are […]

LA Times shows indifference, shortsightedness by supporting LADWP’s Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch

On January 2, 2014, the Los Angeles Times published an unsigned editorial in support of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s proposal to build a 1,200-acre solar energy generating facility adjacent to the Manzanar National Historic Site. You can read their editorial, “A Solar Array Won’t Hurt The Mood At Manzanar,” at,0,1802826.story. […]

OBITUARY: Billie Lee, former Nichi Bei South Bay correspondent, dies

SAN JOSE — Billie Lee, the former South Bay correspondent of the Nichi Bei Times English section, passed away on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. She was 83. She was remembered as an “avid traveler, advocate of the Asian American community, volunteer, and wife and mother of four,” said a statement from her family. Lee, who […]

OBITUARY: Fusako “Sally” Nakai

NAKAI, FUSAKO “SALLY”, 91, who was active in the Bay Area’s Japanese American community for more than six decades, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 11. Fusako Miyanaga was born on Jan. 14, 1922 in Salinas. During World War II, her family was sent to the Poston War Relocation Center. In 1947, she married Albert Nakai, […]

Wagner deserved Olympic spot over Nagasu

Controversy recently erupted when on Jan. 12 U.S. Figure Skating gave the last spot on its three-member women’s Olympic team to Ashley Wagner — who fell twice at the national championships in Boston — over Mirai Nagasu, who finished in third place at nationals with Wagner in fourth. It was the first time the USFS […]

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