Archives for 2016

Yolo County exhibit sheds light on cross-cultural injustices

WOODLAND, Calif. — The Woodland Community College Ethnic Studies program, in collaboration with the Yolo County Archives and Records Center, the Art Appreciation Class, the Holland Doshi Kai of Clarksburg and several local community members, is hosting its first exhibit on Yolo County Japanese American history. The “Yolo Japanese American Community Exhibit,” which will be […]

Bay Area artist, peace activist Suzuki dies at 95

BERKELEY — Noted artist and peace activist Iwao Lewis Suzuki passed away on Jan. 24, 2016 at the age of 95. An important figure in the watercolor movement known as the “California Style,” Suzuki once said, “I feel that art has a place in enriching the life of humanity … Through my art, I try […]

Paul Terasaki, 86, transplant medicine pioneer, philanthropist, UCLA faculty

Paul Ichiro Terasaki, who spent three years with his family in a Japanese American concentration camp during World War II before becoming a three-time UCLA graduate, a pioneer in organ transplant medicine and a long-time supporter of the campus, died January 25. He was 86. Terasaki, professor emeritus of surgery at the David Geffen School […]

CSU trustees appoint Judy K. Sakaki Sonoma State president

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The California State University Board of Trustees has appointed Judy K. Sakaki, Ph.D. as president of Sonoma State University, the university announced in a statement issued Jan. 27. Sakaki currently serves as vice president, Student Affairs, at the University of California, Office of the President. She succeeds President Ruben Armiňana, who […]

OBITUARY: Reiko “Ruth” Toriumi

TORIUMI, REIKO ‘RUTH,’ 94, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Dec 31, 2015 with her sons and daughter-in-law by her bedside. For over 35yrs she was an original employee of the Nichi Bei Times. She is predeceased by her husband Misao, brothers Minoru, Sam, John and Sisters June and Evelyn Yamaguchi. Ruth was […]

OBITUARY: Hiroko Arimoto

ARIMOTO, HIROKO, 86, born Yokohama, Japan 1929, passed away peacefully December 15, 2015. Preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Kenzo Arimoto. Survived by sons Harold (Jean) and Roy Kinji (Cindy) Arimoto, grandkids Brian, Darren and Lisa Arimoto, John (Sandy) and Jason (Shari) Mansfield. Great grandchildren Joseph, Amber, Dalton and Bailee Mansfield […]

Police apprehend Orange County escapees after witness spots stolen van

Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu, who escaped an Orange County Jail Jan. 22, were arrested the morning of Jan. 30 in San Francisco after a witness  reported seeing one of the suspects and the vehicle they were driving. Just before 9 a.m. Jan. 30, the resident flagged down officers near Golden Gate Park, giving a […]

As controversy swirls, SFPD officers make pledge against racism

Dogged by allegations of systemic racism in the department and calls for the chief’s resignation, the San Francisco Police Department Jan. 25 unveiled a campaign to root out and address potential bigotry and intolerance among its officers. The “Not on My Watch” campaign asks police officers to take a pledge to serve without prejudice and […]

Dr. Takeo Uesugi, internationally renowned Japanese landscape architect and kunsho recipient, dies

Rev. Dr. Takeo Uesugi, an internationally renowned Japanese landscape architect, professor emeritus at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and Tenrikyo Church minister, passed away peacefully Jan. 26, 2016 after a courageous bout with cancer. He was 75. “Takeo Uesugi was one of the most important makers of Japanese gardens in North America over the last forty […]

LETTERS: Assistant minister in Nara Prefecture has roots in San Jose’s J-Town

Editor’s Note: The following comments were posted on in response to the article entitled “The process of becoming a better minister,” which was published in the Jan. 1 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Sensei — What a pleasure to read about your ministry and all that you do for your village. I still […]