San Francisco J-Town merchants fear end to eviction moratorium

Story update: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Sept. 23 to extend the commercial eviction moratorium through March 31, 2021. San Francisco Mayor London Breed said later that day in tweet that she would also extend the city’s moratorium. She also issued a statement Sept. 29. *** Tenants of two major Japantown property owners […]

Osaka gives voice to victims of racial injustice at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Over two weeks, Naomi Osaka used her platform as a world-famous athlete to draw attention to the racial injustice and systematic police brutality that has resulted in a wave of protests in the United States. The spotlight she cast on the Black Lives Matter movement would not have been as bright as […]

Eddie Moriguchi, CPA and head of various nonprofits, dies

Eddie Moriguchi, a longtime San Francisco Japantown CPA and leader of various community-based nonprofit organizations, passed away Sept. 7, 2020 due to a heart attack. He was 91. Moriguchi, a past president of both the Japanese Benevolent Society of California (Jikei Kai) and the Hokka Nichi Bei Kai (Japanese American Association of Northern California), volunteered […]

Civil rights advocate, JA organizer, Chizu Iiyama dies

Chizu Iiyama, 98, died peacefully of natural causes Aug. 26, 2020 at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Richmond, Calif. She was one of the few remaining Nisei who could speak firsthand of the Japanese American experience in the U.S. World War II concentration camps. In many ways, Iiyama’s life was unique for a Japanese American woman […]

OBITUARY: Michael Satoshi Kagehiro

Michael Satoshi Kagehiro June 8, 1947 – Aug. 31, 2020 KAGEHIRO, MICHAEL SATOSHI, 73, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, CA. He is survived by Karen (Nakai), his wife of 51 years; brother, Ron (Mimi); sister, Laura “Bonz” (Randy Otsuki); and brothers-in-law, Marty Nakai (Helen), Gary Yamamoto (Janis), […]

OBITUARY: Shigeru “Shig” Tokiwa

Shigeru “Shig” Tokiwa March 31, 1929 – Sept. 3, 2020 TOKIWA, “SHIG” SHIGERU passed away at home at the age of 91 years old. He is survived by his wife Mary, son Dave (Michele, deceased), daughter Janice Franey (Troy), grandchildren Terra-Lynn and Maya, along with his siblings Yoshiro, Fuji, Betty, and Bob, and many nieces […]

OBITUARY: Etsuko (Yoshida) Date

Etsuko (Yoshida) Date May 14, 1921 – Aug. 29 2020 DATE, ETSUKO (YOSHIDA), age 99, passed away peacefully on August 29 2020 in Washington near her daughter Carolyn and family. Etsu Yoshida was born in San Francisco, CA on May 14, 1921. She grew up and went to school in Alameda with three brothers (Mas, […]

Suga elected Japan PM as Abe era ends, forms continuity Cabinet

TOKYO — Yoshihide Suga was elected Japan’s prime minister by parliament on Sept. 16, with the country’s first new leader in nearly eight years forming a Cabinet filled with familiar faces as he vows to stay the course set by his predecessor Shinzo Abe. For Suga, who became chief of the Liberal Democratic Party earlier […]

Project Bento volunteers deliver bento to senior New Yorkers

During the spring of 2020 when New York City was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, residents were abruptly instructed to shelter-in-place. Susan Miyagi McCormac, a vice president and secretary of the Japanese American Association of New York, became concerned about how their older members were faring. Pre-COVID, about 100 Japanese […]

Asians continue to suffer racist hate incidents during the pandemic

About half a year since the coronavirus pandemic has turned life upside down for Americans, a disturbing trend for hate directed against Asians remains a concern. Launched in mid-March, Stop AAPI Hate, an initiative by Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action and San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department, is […]

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