Archives for October 2018

Failed screenwriter-turned-critically acclaimed novelist Joe Ide

While author Joe Ide may have taken a roundabout route to discover his professional calling, once he did, his hard work and talent — along with a boost from some unlikely sources, which included an NBA Hall of Famer and a political science expert — his career path now appears to be heading steadily toward […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: You say vee-gan, I say vehj-an

Although I completed my undergrad studies in nutritional science way back in the ‘80s, and actually spent a year in the master’s program at the University of Hawai‘i, there was one thing I never understood. Why are people who adhere to a strict vegetarian diet referred to as vee-gans (vegan)? Since it’s a vegetable-based diet […]

Japan confirms journalist held in Syria for 3 years released safe

TOKYO  — Japan confirmed Oct. 24 that freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who went missing more than three years ago in Syria, has been released and is safely in a Turkish immigration facility, adding that he would be brought home at the earliest opportunity. “I have received a report that he is speaking normally to (Japanese) […]

Let’s Talk … About therapy

People sometimes ask, “How do I know I need therapy?” “How do I find a therapist that will truly understand me?” There are certainly long and detailed answers to these questions, but here are some condensed thoughts that may be helpful in answering these questions. Generally, when a person is feeling that life is not […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: What’s all the fuss about DNA?

DNA is all the rage. Television commercials promise us that we can determine our precise ancestral origins. But it’s not quite that simple. People take DNA tests for a variety reasons. Some are looking for ethnicity estimates. Some are looking for health reports. Adoptees might be looking for biological family members. In terms of genealogy, or family history, DNA is very good at helping a researcher to prove a hypothesis, confirm or disprove an existing family tree, identify living relatives, and estimate general ethnic origins. Overall, DNA is a tool to add to your family history research.

OBITUARY: Mitsuye “Mitzi” Yamamoto

YAMAMOTO, MITSUYE “MITZI”, 97, of Patterson, Calif., passed away peacefully on Monday, October 15th at home. Born in San Jose, CA on May 31, 1921 to Kaneichi and Hatsuko Yamaichi. She was a longtime Patterson resident for 60 years who farmed alongside her late husband Shig on the Westside. Mitzi met and married her husband […]

Osaka mayor terminates sister city ties with S.F. over ‘comfort women’ memorial

Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura terminated his city’s sister city ties with San Francisco over the “Comfort Women” Column of Strength memorial installed on the St. Mary’s Square Annex in the city’s Chinatown. The Oct. 2 decision comes a few weeks after the “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition, the monument’s proponents, celebrated the one-year anniversary of the […]

U.S. base opponent wins Okinawa governor race

NAHA, Japan — Antibase candidate Denny Tamaki, a former opposition lawmaker, won the Okinawa gubernatorial election Sept. 30 in a major setback for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which has been pushing forward with the contentious relocation of a U.S. military facility within the southern prefecture. Tamaki, a 58-year-old radio personality-turned-politician, garnered a […]

Japanese Canadians reflect on hurt, redress and question of identity

TOKYO — Thirty years after the Canadian government formally apologized over the incarceration and expulsion of citizens of Japanese ancestry following the outbreak of World War II, those affected still carry painful memories of discrimination and hardship. Over the years, many have questioned their identity and tried their best to blend in wherever they have […]

Benicia man arrested on suspicion of rapes in six counties over 27 years

A Benicia, Calif. man who worked for 25 years at the University of California, Berkeley was arrested Sept. 20 in Berkeley on suspicion of sexually assaulting 10 women in at least six counties between 1991 and 2006. Law enforcement agencies and district attorneys from the counties announced the arrest of Roy Charles Waller, 58, allegedly […]

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