Archives for September 2018

OBITUARY: Yuji Okano

OKANO, YUJI, 85, passed away peacefully at home in Palo Alto on Monday August 27, 2018. He was a long time member and volunteer of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple and worked as a Senior Buyer at General Electric. Yuji, born Sep. 4, 1932, grew up in Wheatland, CA and was valedictorian of Wheatland High […]

San Jose Taiko reflects upon its evolution in community-centered arts

As the iconic San Jose Taiko approaches their 45th anniversary concert later this month, the Nichi Bei Weekly caught up with Executive Director Wisa Uemura and Artistic Director Franco Imperial via e-mail to discuss the group’s transition from its founding pioneers, their approach to creative collaborations, and what the future has in store for the […]

‘Comfort women’ exhibit opens in State Bldg. in S.F.

While the subject of so-called “comfort women” continues to cause controversy between Japan and its neighboring countries in Asia, a new photo exhibition recently opened at the California State Building designed to shed light on one of the darkest chapters of World War II — the sexual enslavement of women throughout Asia by the Japanese […]

Former Orinda doctor who lost his license sentenced for child pornography

A former orthopedic surgeon from Orinda was sentenced in federal court in San Francisco Sept. 5 to seven years in prison for transporting child pornography while returning from a trip to Thailand in 2016. John D. Warbritton III, 64, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer. Warbritton pleaded guilty before Breyer in May to […]

Naomi Osaka stayed above the fray to claim first Grand Slam title

NEW YORK  — As Serena Williams’ U.S. Open final crumbled around her on Sept. 8, Japan’s Naomi Osaka said she had to stay above the fray in order to keep her historic run to Grand Slam history alive. With code violations, broken rackets, tears and accusations of cheating coming from Williams’ end of the court, Osaka […]

Death toll from Hokkaido quake rises to 41

TOKYO () — The death toll from a powerful earthquake that jolted Hokkaido last week rose to 41 on Sept. 10, with thousands of people still staying in shelters on the country’s northernmost main island, authorities said. The Hokkaido government said in the evening that a man in his 50s was confirmed dead in Tomakomai, […]

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