Nichi Bei Foundation receives $60,000 in grants from Takahashi, S.F. Japantown foundations


The Nichi Bei Foundation recently was awarded a number of grants to support the publication of the Nichi Bei Weekly as well as its public education programs, the nonprofit announced.

The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation continued its sustaining support of the Nichi Bei Foundation by awarding a grant of $50,000 in October 2017 to cover editorial expenses — including current and new writers and features — as well as new computers and software.

“The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation is happy to support the efforts of the Nichi Bei … to be a touchstone for the Japanese American community,” said Masako Takahashi, the chair of The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation, which was founded by her parents Henri and Tomoye and aunt, Martha Suzuki. “Thank you and your staff and volunteers for all the good work!”

“The Nichi Bei Foundation is deeply indebted to The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation for its faith in our mission of keeping the Japanese American community connected, informed and empowered,” stated Nichi Bei Foundation President Kenji G. Taguma. “We are proud to continue a legacy of leadership through community media, which started with the Nichi Bei Shimbun in 1899 and continued through the postwar Nichi Bei Times. It’s a legacy that includes Mr. Henri Takahashi, who was part of the editorial staff of our predecessor.”

The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation has been an important funder of the Nichi Bei Foundation since its establishment in 2009, rising out of the ashes of the historic Nichi Bei legacy. “We are profoundly grateful to Masako Takahashi for continuing the support of The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation,” Taguma said.

Inspired by suggestions by Masako Takahashi to reinvigorate content, the Nichi Bei Weekly is launching a number of new columns and features, beginning with its 2018 New Year’s Edition.

The Nichi Bei Foundation also received a $10,000 project grant from the San Francisco Japantown Foundation in November to support the 2018 Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, 2018 Films of Remembrance and 2018 Japanese Culture and Cherry Blossom Festivals Guide.

“We thank the San Francisco Japantown Foundation for its continued support of our community education efforts,” Taguma said.

The Nichi Bei Foundation earlier received a $5,000 grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, administered by the California State Library, in May of 2017 to support the 2018 Films of Remembrance program as well as the first biennial pilgrimage to the historic Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony site in Placerville, Calif. Oct. 7. The Nichi Bei coordinated three buses throughout the Bay Area to the Wakamatsu site, the first sizable settlement of Japanese in America.

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