Archives for 2016

OBITUARY: Harry Takeshi Nakamura

NAKAMURA, HARRY TAKESHI, 91, a long-time resident of San Francisco, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2016. Harry was born February 16, 1925 in Alameda, California. He attended Washington Union High School until the issuance of Executive Order 9066 during World War II in 1942. He was interned briefly at Tanforan Assembly Center, in San […]

OBITUARY: Shunichi ‘Jake’ Chisaki

CHISAKI, SHUNICHI “JAKE,” 93, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in Union City. A native of Los Angeles County, and longtime resident of Berkeley. Survived by his daughter, Jane Chisaki of El Cerrito; sons, David Chisaki and his wife, Julia of Richmond, Marc Chisaki and his wife, Sue Kay of Walnut Creek, Paul Chisaki and […]

OBITUARY: George Masaru Oshima

OSHIMA, GEORGE MASARU, 95, passed away in San Francisco, California, on November 3, 2016. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. George was born in Watsonville, CA on May 8, 1921, to Katsutaro and Kame Oshima. He attended Watsonville Union High School where he earned a Varsity Letter for his participation on the […]

Film documents the legendary Mifune, ‘The Last Samurai’

There are few actors more deserving of a feature-length documentary than Toshiro Mifune. Yet none existed until filmmaker Steven Okazaki directed “Mifune: The Last Samurai” (80 minutes), which hits Bay Area theaters Friday, Dec. 9. The Academy Award-winning director of documentaries on subjects ranging from the stories of victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima […]

Discovery of white nationalist in L.A. Nikkei organization causes stir

LOS ANGELES — The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California found itself in crisis, especially among Japanese Americans, after it was discovered that an avowed white nationalist had been involved with that organization for eight years, including as its corporate secretary. Two Nikkei who previously served on the chamber’s board of directors but have […]

San Francisco’s Japantown holds vigil against post-election hate

Two weeks after the election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States, a crowd of about 500 people gathered at San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza Nov. 22 to hold a candlelight vigil to express their unity with the groups affected by the hateful rhetoric that both the president-elect and his […]

Advocacy group calls for protection of mosques after derogatory letter

SAN JOSE — An Islamic advocacy group is calling on authorities to step up protection for mosques after a San Jose Islamic center received a derogatory letter in the mail this week. On the evening of Nov. 24, the Evergreen Islamic Center at 2486 Ruby Ave. received a letter, which addressed the center’s members as […]

Earthquake experts urge Californians to prepare for future disasters

LOS ANGELES — In the wake of a series of small Southern California seismic events that prompted a state agency to issue a major earthquake alert, a panel of disaster management leaders urged residents to insure their property and take other steps to get prepared. The appeal was made by representatives of the American Red […]

Japan, U.S. to hold 1st joint ceremony at Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU  — Japan and the United States will hold on Dec. 8 the first joint ceremony to remember those killed in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese Consulate General in Honolulu said Nov. 28. The joint ceremony will be held the day after the U.S. Navy and the U.S. National Park Service hold […]

JA and Asian American organizations denounce Trump supporters’ references to a ‘Muslim registry’

Japanese American and Asian American organizations quickly and unequivocally denounced President-elect Donald Trump’s supporters’ recent comments about implementing a registry for Muslims that enter the United States. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach “said in an interview that Trump’s policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for […]

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