Archives for September 2015


Is it apple, blueberry, banana cream, Boston cream or custard? It’s actually none of the above. Depending on whose poll you read, America’s pie isn’t even sweet. It’s that savory pie that’s also known as pizza. You know, “when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie.” And Americans do their fair share […]

CHAMPIONSHIP OF DESTINY: Lodi JACL Templars overcome uncertainty with victory

LODI, Calif. — It’s usually pretty hot during the summer in Lodi, but the temperature was nothing compared to the hot streak the Lodi JACL Templars went on during the 63rd annual California State AA Nisei Baseball tournament held in Lodi over Labor Day weekend. Four teams from Southern California — The Gardena Rebels, the […]

Ethnic enclave readying for new developments

SAN JOSE — San Jose’s Japantown, a mix of retail, residential and light industrial development still has opportunity for growth and developers are taking advantage of the available space to build new retail and housing in the ethnic enclave. At the center of potential new developments is the Japantown Corporation Yard, bordered by Sixth, Seventh, […]

A Japan-born Nikkei’s case for the ‘comfort women’ resolution in S.F.

I am in support of a resolution to set up a memorial to remember and honor the women in Asia and the Pacific Islands who endured the Japanese Military “Comfort Women” (Sexual Slavery) System from the mid-1930s through the end of World War II. A public hearing on this resolution, which was introduced to the […]

REP. MARK TAKAI: On predecessors and future of Asian Americans in national politics

Freshman congressman Rep. Mark Takai is a 48-year-old veteran and father of two. Born on Oahu and a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Takai was first elected to the Hawai‘i State Legislature in 1994. He  worked with the late Rep. Patsy Mink and Sen. Daniel Inouye. He has served in the Hawaii […]

Grassroots movements take aim at security bills

TOKYO  — Young Japanese opposed to the passage of the government’s controversial security bills looming in the current Diet session have discovered some political backbone and are making their voices heard on a mass scale. Encouraged by a group called Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy, or SEALDs, young people who generally shun political activism […]

Manh Nguyen inducted into city council, highlights goals of serving immigrant, minority communities

SAN JOSE  — Manh Nguyen was inducted into the San Jose City Council the afternoon of Aug. 4, at which time he highlighted his goal of serving the minority and immigrant community. “I believe the city of San Jose can redouble its efforts to ensure (the) minority (community) and government and share in the incredible […]

Hate crime suspect pleads not guilty to felony and misdemeanor offenses

A San Francisco man arrested on allegations he perpetuated a hate crime pleaded not guilty in court Sept. 11 to one felony and at least two misdemeanor offenses. John Schenone, 62, appeared before Judge Edward Torpoco in an orange sweat suit, handcuffs and dark-rimmed glasses after being arrested Sept. 8 on suspicion of spray-painting hateful […]

Family accepts $1 mil. claim against school district after suicide

The family of 12-year-old Ronin Shimizu, who died by suicide Dec. 3, 2014, accepted $1 million to settle their claim against the Folsom Cordova Unified School District “for failing to protect their son … from pervasive bullying which led him to,” a statement said. Ronin was targeted by school bullies with “anti-gay attacks for being […]

‘Legendary’ World War II veteran Ben Kuroki passes

Ben Kuroki, a “legendary aerial gunner” and World War II veteran, died Sept. 1 in Camarillo, Calif., the Japanese American Veterans Association said in a statement. He was 98. According to JAVA, Kuroki was “the first Nisei to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces during the war and was the only Nisei to serve as aerial gunner in […]

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