Archives for October 2016

OBITUARY: Midori Otsuki

OTSUKI, MIDORI, 92, passed away on September 24, 2016. She was born January 29, 1924, in Oxnard, CA, the second daughter of Jujiro and Hisa Otsuki. During WWII, she and her family was interned in several relocation centers. After the war, she and her family relocated to Japan, returning to San Francisco in the late […]

The Gochiso Gourmet: Animal sobriety

Several weeks ago, a good friend received a medical diagnosis along with a recommendation from his physician to switch his usual diet to a vegetarian one. Since the Mrs. and I usually indulge in near-vegetarian cuisine for lunch and dinner during the workweek, I decided to make little tweaks in these dishes to make them […]

Let’s talk: About … Self care and caregiving

Sometime in our lives, most of us will be caregivers. For the most part, taking care of babies and children who are dependent on us, is a different experience from taking care of aging parents or ill spouses who are dependent on us. Having children and timing the responsibility for a certain stage of your […]

Mixed-heritage Japanese Americans seek bone marrow matches

Last January, Paul Ota felt a pain in his chest. Maybe, he thought, he had pulled a muscle at the gym. Upon visiting his doctor, though, Ota was diagnosed with advanced non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer that can start in a person’s lymph nodes. After six rounds of chemotherapy and surgery to destroy the […]

Federal review of SFPD finds racial disparities in stops and searches, lack of accountability

A U.S. Department of Justice report released Oct. 12 found racial disparities in traffic stops and searches, problems in the handling of use of force incidents and a lack of transparency or analysis of office discipline cases in the San Francisco Police Department, among other issues. The report, produced by the department’s Community Oriented Policing […]

Suspect arraigned for murder of warehouse worker

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — A Richmond man was arraigned on special circumstances murder charges Oct. 19 for allegedly killing an employee at a San Leandro food supply warehouse on Oct. 17 by striking the employee with his pickup truck after the employee tried to stop him from stealing wood pallets. Edwards is accused in the […]

Junko Tabei, first woman to conquer Everest, dies at 77

TOKYO — Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei, the first woman to conquer Mt. Everest in 1975, died of peritoneal cancer at a Saitama hospital Oct. 20, her family said. She was 77. Even after reaching the world’s highest 8,848-meter peak at age 35, the Fukushima native actively climbed mountains abroad. In 1992, she became the first […]

Japanese scientist Yoshinori Osumi wins Nobel Prize in medicine

STOCKHOLM — Japanese scientist Yoshinori Osumi won this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for discovering and elucidating mechanisms for autophagy, an intracellular process that degrades and recycles proteins, the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute said Oct. 3. The 71-year-old professor emeritus at the Tokyo Institute of Technology revealed the mechanism of how […]

FAMILY REUNION: Third annual Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage reunites families with legacies

“Well Grandpa, we’re all here,” Terri Tamaru said to a carving located on the second floor of the former Angel Island Immigration Station barracks. Tamaru, along with her children and grandchildren, attended the Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage Oct. 1 at the Angel Island Immigration Station in the San Francisco Bay. The third annual event, presented […]

Nichi Bei Foundation awarded $30,000 grant from Takahashi Foundation

The Nichi Bei Foundation, an educational nonprofit organization that publishes the Nichi Bei Weekly Japanese American community newspaper, was awarded a $30,000 grant from The Tomoye and Henri Takahashi Charitable Foundation, the organization said. The grant will fund “ongoing administrative costs,” said an Oct. 3 letter from Masako Takahashi, chair of The Henri and Tomoye […]

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