Archives for 2016

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 […]

Panel discusses issues beyond marriage equality for LGBTQ people

Editor’s Note: Tomo Hirai is a member of Tadaima: A Japanese American Gathering of LGBTQQ and Allies’ (volunteer) organizing committee. A panel presentation on the current issues lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community members face was held Feb. 23 at the Buddhist Church of San Francisco in San Francisco’s Japantown. The program, hosted […]

S.F. State to add $200K to College of Ethnic Studies’ budget following mass protest

As budget problems loom for San Francisco State University, the College of Ethnic Studies was asked to rein in its budget as a reserve fund supplementing budget shortfalls for the college had run dry. While administrators promised $200,000 to help maintain the college, students protested it was not enough. The college, which students, faculty and […]

Former elected officials Yee, Jackson, two others sentenced in political corruption case

Former state Sen. Leland Yee was sentenced by a federal judge in San Francisco Feb. 24 to five years in prison for his political corruption conviction. Yee’s campaign fundraiser, political consultant and former school board president Keith Jackson was also sentenced today to nine years in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer. Yee, 67, […]

Berkeley: Police Release video of suspect in three sexual assaults

BERKELEY, Calif. — Police are asking for help identifying a suspect in three sexual assaults that took place in Berkeley in less than a week and have a released a video of the person they want to identify. A suspect assaulted a woman at 9:10 p.m. Feb. 11 in the 2500 block of Haste Street, […]

The story of the Little Tokyo that could … and will

Diversity in Los Angeles is a core value. The city has residents from more than 140 countries who speak 86 languages. It’s full of diverse ethnic enclaves, including the neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, Chinatown, Koreatown, Leimert Park, Little Tokyo, Thai Town, Little Armenia, Fairfax’s Jewish-Russian community, and Little Bangladesh — to name only a few. […]

LETTERS: Webster Street Bridge ‘part and parcel of the Japantown historic and cultural fabric’

Here are two additional substantial reasons why the Webster Street Bridge should not be taken down. The first is that it is a cultural icon. Admittedly not overly beautiful, it is still Japanese in style, and it is part and parcel of the Japantown historic and cultural fabric.  It is better known among locals as […]

Nikkei filmmakers showcase work at CAAMFest

The Center for Asian American Media’s CAAMFest, formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, returns to the San Francisco Bay Area Thursday, March 10 through Sunday, March 20. According to a statement, the festival celebrates “film, music, food and digital media from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian American artists.” The festival […]

LETTERS: Uesugi touched many lives

Editor’s Note: The following comment was posted on in response to the article entitled “Dr. Takeo Uesugi, internationally renowned Japanese landscape architect and kunsho recipient, dies,” which was published in the Feb. 4., 2016 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. He was a strong influence in ways I didn’t realize for several years. I’m […]

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