Archives for November 2017

Sumo’s scandal-ridden underbelly emerges again

TOKYO — As the gravity of yokozuna Harumafuji’s assault further emerged Nov. 15, condemnation of his behavior has morphed into disappointment that sumo’s veiled underbelly has yet again stained the reputation of Japan’s national sport. The latest blow to the ancient sport came just as it had begun to regain lost popularity with the promise […]

Remembering S.F. Japantown legend Yori Wada

Nearly 20 years have passed since Yoritada “Yori” Wada passed away on Thanksgiving Day of 1997, but those who knew him still fondly remember the contributions the former executive director of the Buchanan YMCA made up until his death. The Buchanan YMCA inducted Wada into its Wall of Fame Oct. 21 in San Francisco during […]

JA Nat’l Museum founding president Bruce T. Kaji passes

LOS ANGELES — The Japanese American National Museum issued a statement announcing the passing of its founding president, Bruce Teruo Kaji. He was 91. Kaji was incarcerated in the Manzanar, Calif. concentration camp during World War II and served in the Military Intelligence Service during the occupation of Japan. Born in the Bunker Hill district […]

Santa Clara: CAIR expands legal services to include help with immigration

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A local organization that advocates for rights for Muslim people is expanding its legal services to include immigration services, organization officials announced Nov. 20. The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has provided legal services for more than 20 years to people who face discrimination because […]

Cancer patient Paul Ota dies

Paul Ota, a former attorney who was originally from Selma, Calif., passed away Nov. 12 after a battle with blood cancer. The Match for Paul Facebook page described Ota, who was 40, as “a brave and courageous man who touched so many hearts with his determination to raise awareness of blood cancer despite being very […]

OBITUARY: Hiroko Kakiuchi

KAKIUCHI, HIROKO, 101, of San Francisco, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2017 at home under hospice care. She was born in San Leandro, California. Much of her childhood from the age of 3 was spent in Odawara, Japan. She has been a devoted member of Pine United Methodist Church in San Francisco since April […]

Rec and Park Commission votes 4-2 to rename Justin Herman Plaza

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission voted 4-2 Nov. 16 to drop the name of former Redevelopment Agency head Justin Herman from a prominent city plaza at the foot of Market Street, but the question of who it will be named for instead remains unresolved. The commission’s vote Nov. 16 was its second take […]

Police identify suspect filmed yelling slurs, slapping man on BART

A suspect has been identified in a viral video that showed him yelling racial slurs and slapping a man on a BART train the evening of Nov. 13, BART officials said Nov. 17. “At this point we can confirm that BART police have successfully identified the man (suspect),” BART spokesman Chris Filippi said. “BART will […]

Escaped psych patient from Hawai‘i apprehended in Stockton

A violent offender who escaped from a mental institution in Hawai‘i and flew to California was apprehended the morning of Nov. 15 in Stockton, Calif., according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. Randall Toshio Saito, 59, was arrested in the vicinity of state Highway 99 and Waterloo Road around 10:30 a.m. as a result […]

OBITUARY: John Takeo Enomoto and Roz Barako Uyeda Enomoto

ENOMOTO, JOHN TAKEO, 88, passed away August 16, 2017, and ENOMOTO (UYEDA), ROZ BARAKO, 88, passed away October 15, 2017, in Rockville, Maryland after 67 years of marriage. John and Roz were longtime residents of Woodside, California. Roz was born in Watsonville, California in 1929. During World War II, the Uyeda family was relocated from […]

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