OBITUARY: Tomomi “Tom” Ito

ITO, TOMOMI “TOM,” 90, Passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at home in Berkeley. A native of Fallon, Nevada, and long-time resident of Berkeley. Survived by daughter, Diane Nishioka and husband, Michael; sons, Robert, Kevin, and Richard; sisters, Shizu Matsui, Taka Watanabe and husband, Tak, and Tomi Isono; in-laws, Emi Chikuma and husband, John, and […]

SF Japantown district supervisor to run for sheriff as predecessor named Adachi’s chief assistant

As District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi threw his hat into the ring for the seat held for 31 years by San Francisco Sheriff Mike Hennessey, the predecessor of Mirkarimi’s district representing Japantown was surprisingly named the chief assistant to Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Former San Francisco supervisor, mayoral candidate, and U.S. vice presidential candidate Matt […]

THE KAERU KID: Honduras, still poor but with a wealth of natural beauty (Part 2)

  Note: This is the second of a two-part column. The first part was published in the Feb. 10-16, 2011 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly.   My next destination was Roatan. My scuba diving friends raved about diving there, with its location close to the second largest barrier reef in the world after Australia. […]

Aiko Yoshinaga-Herzing receives Lifetime Achievement Award

In keeping with its tradition of recognizing leaders in the Asian Pacific American community, Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) presented a Lifetime Achievement Award at the conference’s opening session. Aiko Yoshinaga-Herzig received the award for her work in the Redress Movement and her promotion of civil rights. Along with some 120,000 other persons […]

Japan establishes a secret intelligence unit: WikiLeaks

SYDNEY — Japan has established a secret foreign intelligence unit for the first time since World War II to spy on China and North Korea and gather information to prevent a terrorist attack, according to an Australian report on Feb. 21 citing whistleblower Website WikiLeaks. The Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax newspapers said a […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT, The life and times of Hisaye Yamamoto: writer, activist, speaker

Hisaye Yamamoto, who died on Jan. 30, 2011 at the age of 89, remains known primarily as a literary artist, a crafter of powerful short fiction — such as her signature stories “Seventeen Syllables” and “Yoneko’s Earthquake” — as well as assorted newspaper columns. Yet the story of her development as a writer is less […]

A’s welcome Matsui with Godzilla figure

Toyo Miyatake relief dedication held in LA

LOS ANGELES — The Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) commemorated the installation of a full-size bronze relief and a street dedication to Toyo Miyatake at the Sakura Crossing apartments on San Pedro Street between Second and Third streets on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. The event included members of the Miyatake family, representatives of […]

Shelter after the storm: Sawtelle’s postwar boarding houses

LOS ANGELES — Boarding houses played an important part in the development of the Japanese American neighborhood of Sawtelle in West Los Angeles during the Nikkei resettlement period after World War II, declared participants at a community forum held Jan. 29. Dr. Jack Fujimoto, who organized the event at the West Los Angeles Buddhist Church, […]

Lawmakers propose bill to ban trade in shark fins to save declining populations

State legislators and marine environmentalists held a news conference at San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences Feb. 14 to announce legislation that would ban the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins in California. The proposed law, co—sponsored by Assemblymen Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) and Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), aims to curb a rapid decline in […]

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