Archives for March 2016

6 UCSC students arrested in alleged drug ring, affiliated with Greek orgs

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Six University of California at Santa Cruz students were arrested March 4 on suspicion of running a drug ring that uncovered more than $100,000 worth of MDMA, police said March 7. The students were affiliated with one of two affiliated campus Greek organizations, Lambda Phi Epsilon and Alpha Kappa Delta Phi, […]

Latest sexual assault linked to others, police believe

BERKELEY, Calif. — Berkeley police said March 5 that they believe a sexual assault early that morning near the University of California at Berkeley campus is linked to recent others near the south end of campus. The March 5’s early morning assault occurred at 12:09 a.m. in the 2500 block of Etna Street. A 21-year-old […]

Asian American artists and orgs object to ‘racist’ joke at Academy Awards

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Asian American nonprofits and actors have spoken out against a joke delivered at the 88th Academy Awards Feb. 28 that many have deemed racist. Actor and comedian Chris Rock, who hosted the evening, invited three children of Asian descent on stage for a joke he made about China and Chinese sweatshops, in […]

Gov’t, Okinawa end legal battle over Okinawa base relocation

TOKYO — The Japanese and Okinawa prefectural governments said March 4 they have reached a settlement in the legal battle over the planned relocation of a U.S. military base within the southernmost island prefecture. Given that the two sides accepted a court-mediated settlement, they will now hold a new round of talks toward an “amicable […]

OBITUARY: Frank Yonezo Ikenaga

IKENAGA, FRANK YONEZO, 94, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2016. He was born in Suisun, CA, received his education in Japan, and returned to the U.S. in 1937. He was interned at the Gila River Butte Internment Camp in Arizona during the war. He has lived in S.F. since 1947. Frank is survived by […]

Candidates for Cherry Blossom Queen Program announced

Seven young Japanese American women, who will participate in the 2016 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program, were introduced at a press conference March 12 at the Union Bank Community Room in San Francisco’s Japantown. The Queen Program, a highlight of San Francisco’s 49th annual  Cherry Blossom Festival, will be held Saturday, April 9 […]

Half of 2011 quake, tsunami evacuees say local recovery lagging

SENDAI — More than a half of evacuees from the March 2011 quake and tsunami feel local recovery from the disaster has been insufficient, according to results of a Kyodo News survey released Feb. 11. The rate of respondents who said recovery has not been substantial was 54 percent in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures […]

OBITUARY: Harry Naoto Yamamoto

YAMAMOTO, HARRY NAOTO, 93 passed away peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 23 at Ida’s Care Home in San Francisco. Harry was born on July 23, 1922, in Colusa, CA, the second of six children. He was held at the Topaz and Tule Lake internment camps as a young adult during World War II and […]

OBITUARY: Tami Tamaki Ogata

OGATA, TAMAKI TAMI, 97, of New York City, died peacefully at The Terraces, Los Gatos, CA. on Feb. 5, 2016. She was the third of four daughters born to Ine Ikeda, who arrived in the US as a “picture bride” and Rikichi Ogata, who settled and farmed in Santa Clara Valley in the early 1900’s. […]


DR. TORIGOE, SETSUO ERNEST (ERNIE), 97, of San Jose, California passed away peacefully on February 10, 2016 at the age of 97. He was a prominent dentist and beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Son of the late Bunkichi and Yuki Torigoe, he was born and raised in Watsonville, California. After graduating from HartnellCollege (formerly […]

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