Archives for May 2014

Grateful Crane Ensemble’s goodwill tour to Tohoku, Japan

“How was your trip to Japan?” It’s a question I’ve been asked several times since we returned from our Goodwill Tour to Tohoku last month. “It went really well,” I would say. But after that, I would have a hard time finding the words to describe it. “It wasn’t like your typical tour of Japan,” […]

S.F. celebrates innovators and a decade of Asian Pacific American heritage

With the trumpeting of a conch shell horn, San Francisco’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration held its 10th annual awards ceremony May 5, lauding three innovators in the Bay Area’s Asian Pacific Islander American communities. The ceremony and reception, held in the Metreon building’s City View, in downtown San Francisco, celebrated the start of […]

Man suspected of shooting 26-year-old in SOMA apartment building released without charges

A man arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing another man in a South of Market apartment building early in the morning May 3 is expected to be released from jail without charges this evening, according to a spokesman for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. The district attorney’s office did not file charges in […]

Kennedy in Fukushima for first time as envoy, visits nuclear plant

FUKUSHIMA, Japan — U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy visited Fukushima Prefecture on May 14 for the first time since she assumed her post last November and toured the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. “We are committed to providing support as long as it is necessary,” Kennedy said in a statement released after her […]

George Yoshida, musician and educator, dies

George Yoshida, a longtime musician, educator, band leader and author of a book on Japanese American contributions to music, died on May 13, 2014 due to a stroke. He was 92. “A giant has fallen … a modest man whose enormous musical soul and heart-filled zest for life that touched people around the world has […]

Longtime Fillmore District business Marcus Books evicted

Marcus Books, known as the oldest independent black bookstore in the country, was evicted from its location in San Francisco’s Fillmore District, the storeowners announced. In a letter posted May 7 on the store’s blog and other social media pages by Marcus Books co-owners Tamiko, Greg, and Karen Johnson, it was announced that the “property […]

NPS draft study proposes adding Hawai‘i WWII incarceration camp site to nat’l system

The National Park Service released a draft study May 8 proposing that the Honouliuli Internment Camp on the island of O‘ahu, where Japanese and European American residents from Hawai‘i were incarcerated during World War II, be added to the National Park System as a National Historic Site or National Monument. The National Park Service currently […]

FULL COUNT: Darvish among Japanese arms shining early on

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish (3-1) will get some extra rest before his next start after throwing 126 pitches in a one-hitter against the Boston Red Sox on May 9. Darvish, who has 54 strikeouts over 46.1 innings and a 2.33 ERA, lost his no-hit bid on a two-out single in the top of the […]

Roy Matsumoto, of Merrill’s Marauders fame, dies at 100

“Ranger” Roy Matsumoto, a Nisei recognized for his military heroics with Merrill’s Marauders, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his San Juan Island, Wash. home on the morning of April 21, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. His passing came less than two weeks short of his 101st birthday. “We are all very sad, […]

Obama speaks on ‘comfort women,’ seeks better Japan-S. Korea ties

SEOUL — U.S. President Barack Obama broke his silence on a wartime history-related issue that has strained ties between Japan and South Korea at the end of his tour of the two U.S. allies in East Asia. Mentioning the pain of women who were forced to work at Japanese military brothels before and during World […]

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