Archives for 2017

LETTERS: Rename the Embarcadero Plaza after Yori Wada

Rename the Embarcadero Plaza after Yori Wada Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent in response to an article that appeared in the Nov. 23, 2017 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Dear Editor, Thank you for your article “Remembering S.F. Japantown legend Yori Wada.” It reminded me of just how dedicated and insightful he […]

Osaka-S.F. sister city relationship to end

Following San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee’s formal acceptance Nov. 22 of the memorial dedicated to the so-called “comfort women,” located in the city’s Chinatown, Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura said at a Nov. 24 press conference that he would dissolve the two cities’ 60-year-old sister city relationship. The Japanese Imperial Army sexually enslaved women and girls […]

Son of Nisei U.S. soldier looking for kin of 130 Japanese he saved in WWII

TOKYO — The son of a second-generation Japanese American who served in the U.S. forces during World War II is searching for family members of 130 Japanese soldiers and civilians his father saved in the battle of Saipan in 1944. In a recent interview with Kyodo News, Lawrence Kubo, 67, said he is hoping to […]

SFMTA to vote on citywide demand-based parking pricing plan

San Francisco is preparing to adopt demand-based parking rates citywide, meaning drivers could expect to see parking rates surge in some of the city’s busiest areas. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board unanimously approved a plan Dec. 5 to expand demand-responsive parking pricing to all city meters. City transportation officials argue the program, which […]

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 […]

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