Archives for 2019

Little Tokyo Service Center Executive Director Matsubayashi dies

LOS ANGELES — Little Tokyo Service Center’s Executive Director Dean Matsubayashi passed away the evening of Sept. 4, a letter written by Dick Kaku, the organization’s board president, said. Matsubayashi had battled a brain tumor for almost a year. He passed away “peacefully with his family by his side,” Kaku wrote. Matsubayashi served as executive […]

Multiracial athletes sparking debate in Japan ahead of 2020 Games

TOKYO — Amid a shifting cultural landscape, a handful of talented multiracial athletes are among some of Japan’s best chances to reach the podium at next summer’s Tokyo Olympics and consequently draw attention to an often ignored yet growing segment of the country’s population. At the top of that list is tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, […]

Four S.F. J-Town establishments approved for Legacy Business Registry

Four San Francisco Japantown establishments — Kinmon Gakuen, Nichi Bei Foundation, National Japanese American Historical Society and Yasukochi’s Sweet Stop — were among eight businesses and nonprofit organizations unanimously approved by the San Francisco Small Business Commission for the city’s Legacy Business Registry at the Commission’s meeting Aug. 12. The Registry recognizes longstanding, community-serving businesses […]

SF: Man killed in 1 of 3 separate Aug. 10 shootings identified

One person died and five others were hospitalized Aug. 10 following three separate shootings throughout San Francisco, police said Aug. 12. The first shooting occurred around 1:40 a.m. near Post and Fillmore streets, when a suspect allegedly shot at a victim, described as a 20-year-old man. The suspect then grabbed the victim’s wallet and fled […]

AMC’s ‘The Terror: Infamy’ weaves a ‘seductive creepiness’ into the WWII incarceration story

AMC’s supernatural television anthology, titled “The Terror: Infamy,” opens with a Japanese woman putting on make up and then sticking a chopstick into her hair. I groaned. Was this going to be another series where cultural appropriation was the norm, I wondered? We never see white people stick forks or spoons in their hair. Then, […]

LASTING COMMITMENTS: Give generously to the Nichi Bei, onegai shimasu

On Sept. 2, 2019 the Nichi Bei Foundation will hold an online fundraising event, a celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of its founding, as well as the 120th anniversary of the Nichi Bei Shimbun, founded by Kyutaro Abiko. For more about the celebration, which will include hourly raffles and gifts for contributors, see www.nichibei.org/give2nichibei. […]

SF: Police car hits on-foot officer, suspect, injuring both

An unmarked San Francisco Police Department car struck and injured two people, a police officer and a suspect being pursued, the evening of Aug. 24 near a major Japantown intersection, police said. At about 5:20 p.m. Aug. 24, plain-clothes police officers were chasing two car burglary suspects on foot near Geary Boulevard and Webster Street. […]

JACL votes to apologize to ‘Tule Lake resisters’

The Japanese American Citizens League voted Aug. 3 at its 50th National Convention in Salt Lake City to offer an apology to the “Tule Lake resisters” for its past ostracism of the group of protestors in the Northern California barbed wire concentration camp during World War II. The contentious resolution addressing the national civil rights […]

OBITUARY: Bob Tabuchi

TABUCHI, BOB of Fremont, California went to his heavenly home on August 18, 2019. He was 88. Bob was born in Fairfield, CA on May 13, 1931 to Takeshi and Ichiye Tabuchi, and was the youngest of 8 siblings. He grew up in Fairfield, California, and his family worked the strawberry fields as sharecroppers, around […]

OBITUARY: Mary Nobuko Teraoka

TERAOKA, MARY NOBUKO, 96, peacefully passed with loved ones by her side at her home in Fowler, California on August 12th, 2019. Mary was born on September 24th, 1922, thirty miles outside of Portland, in Troutdale, Oregon. She was the second daughter of five children born to Ayao and Yoshino Kawahara. Raised in Portland, Mary […]

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