Archives for 2015

Civil rights icon Yasui to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama named civil rights icon Minoru Yasui and 16 other people as recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a statement issued Nov. 16 said. The nation’s highest civilian honor is presented to those “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to […]

U.S. designates WWII nuke projects sites as nat’l park

WASHINGTON — The United States on Nov. 10 designated three sites related to its nuclear weapons program in the 1940s as a national park, stepping up preparations to open it to the public over the next few years. Some U.S. officials told a designation ceremony that the National Park Service, the operator of the park, […]

Sale of Keiro Senior HealthCare upsets many in SoCal Nikkei community

LOS ANGELES —When Keiro Senior HealthCare, the nation’s largest nonprofit health care organization for Japanese Americans, announced the sale of its facilities to a for-profit real estate company, many concerned individuals protested the sale as a betrayal of the original founders’ mission to serve the Southern California Japanese American community’s elders. Keiro, which for more […]

Tanforan memorial proposed

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Tanforan Racetrack in San Bruno was converted into the Tanforan Assembly Center in April 1942. At the height of what the government ultimately concluded as “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership,” some 8,000 people, most of them American citizens, were held there before being sent to the […]

Some Japanese in North America puzzled by ‘comfort women’ statue plan

  San Francisco lawmakers voted in September to urge the establishment of a “comfort women” memorial, breaking ground by becoming the first major U.S. city to install a statue memorializing women, mostly from Asia, who were forced to provide sex for soldiers of the wartime Japanese military. While the decision by the city’s Board of […]

Pioneering Japanese American florist Yoshimi Shibata passes

Florist Yoshimi “Shimi” Shibata passed away peacefully in his sleep at home with his family Oct. 31, a statement issued by his family said. He was 99. Shibata was a pioneer in the floral growers and distribution industry, having been recognized by the Japanese government with the Order of the Rising Sun, Fourth Class in […]

OBITUARY: Kazuko Maehara

MAEHARA, KAZUKO, age 97 ½, passed peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday evening October 1, 2015 in Lodi, California. She is preceded in death by her husband Yoshio Maehara,  son Kenneth (Debbie) Maehara, and brothers Isamu, George and Henry Uchida.  She is survived by brother Yoshihiro (Mae) Uchida, son Jerry Maehara, daughter Janice Milton,grandchildren Russel […]

OBITUARY: John Motori Takeuchi Sr.

TAKEUCHI, JOHN MOTOI SR., 92, passed away on October 13th, 2015, two days before what would have been his 93rd birthday. The eldest of 5 children, John was born in 1922 to Japanese immigrants Gihei and Sato Takeuchi in Alameda, California. In the wake of Japan bombing Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from […]

THE KAERU KID: Discover treasures just southwest of Las Vegas

A smooth two-and-a-half hour drive from Las Vegas to Lake Havasu City in Arizona ended with a two night stay at an Affordable Travel Club member’s home. Twenty dollars a night for two people, including breakfast and, best of all, meeting local friendly hosts who can provide insight into the area that one might not […]

‘Allegiance’ uplifts by doctoring Japanese American history

SPOILER ALERT: This theater preview reveals an absurd central plot point. The problem with the new musical “Allegiance” is not just historical inaccuracies — although it is riddled with them. It’s the fabrication of events that were impossible within the reality of America’s concentration camps. As creator of the 2000 PBS film, “Conscience and the […]

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