Archives for March 2014

San Jose Day of Remembrance focuses on civil liberties and war

SAN JOSE — More than 200 people attended the 34th annual “Day of Remembrance” event, presented by the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee, Feb. 16 at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. The event, titled “Civil Liberties and War,” commemorated the signing of Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, which led to the incarceration of some […]

2014: Joy of giving and receiving

I’d like to talk about the joy of giving and receiving today. 受ける (ukeru) means “receiving,” which consists of three parts. The top lines represent the fingers of one’s hand, and below it represents a boat. The bottom line is one’s arm. When the boat brings back some items, one’s hands, fingers and arm receive […]

‘S.F. Day of Remembrance’ points out hypocrisy and calls for justice

Each year the Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium presents speakers and performances to remember the constitutional injustices Nikkei faced during World War II, and to draw similarities with today’s post-9/11 world. Performance artist and activist Judith Nihei and the Rev. Michael Yoshii of the Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda, Calif. emceed the […]

Great East Japan Earthquake Commemorative events

THROUGH MONDAY, MARCH 31 (with March 11 event) The Northern Japan Earthquake Recovery Fund, a project of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, is hosting “Let’s Keep the Flowers Blooming,” which provides people with the opportunity to share messages of “hope and friendship” to those in northern Japan. The project is accessible […]

Ex-PM Murayama says no need to re-examine 1993 statement on sex slavery

TOKYO — Former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said Feb. 27 it is not necessary to re-examine a 1993 statement on wartime sex slavery in the wake of recent moves by the current government to do so. “There is no meaning in finding fault in or scrutinizing the statement any further,” Murayama, who was Japan’s […]

Former officer sentenced to one year, three months in prison for role in DUI stings

A former Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy convicted of aiding in the drunken driving arrests of three men who were set up by a private investigator was sentenced in federal court in San Francisco Feb. 19 to a year and three months in prison. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer told Stephen Tanabe, “Your decision to […]

Berkeley announces ‘Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlment Study Digital Archive’

The University of California, Berkeley’s Bancroft Library has announced the publication of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study Digital Archive. The National Park Service funded the two-year digitization project as part of the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program. The archive “makes available nearly 100,000 original manuscript items from The Japanese American Evacuation and […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Advertising executive and market researcher Arthur Hirose’s surprisingly successful career

This is the second half of a two-part series on the Hirose family, a pair of exceptional hapa brothers who grew up in New York at the turn of the 20th century. While older brother George Hirose (see the Nov. 7, 2013 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly), as mentioned, became a clerk at a […]

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