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, […]

Federal Judge denies Temporary Restraining Order in Tulelake Airport sale

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Aug. 27, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, in Sacramento, issued an 18-page order denying, without prejudice, the Tule Lake Committee’s motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to put on hold the City of Tulelake’s decision to sell the Tulelake Municipal Airport, which occupies 358 acres […]

S.F. Japantown vigil opposes family separations and travel ban

Japanese Americans gathered on the evening of Aug. 9 in San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza to convey their solidarity against the continued attacks the Trump administration orchestrates against minorities in the United States. Hundreds of activists, both young and old, withstood the chilly evening to hear first-hand experiences of immigrants and the voices of veteran […]

Son of Union City police chief arrested in Manteca assault of 71-year-old Sikh man

The 18-year-old son of an East Bay police chief was arrested the morning of Aug. 8 on suspicion of assaulting a 71-year-old Sikh man in a case that the Manteca Police Department is investigating as a possible hate crime. Around 6 a.m. Aug. 6, the victim was walking in the vicinity of Graystone Park, listed […]

Justice Department decries, local governments praise sanctuary cities ruling

A federal appeals court upheld an injunction Aug. 1 protecting San Francisco and Santa Clara County from a presidential executive order that threatened to withhold federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said by a 2-1 vote that the 2017 order by […]

Noted playwright Wakako Yamauchi dies

Wakako Yamauchi, a pioneering Japanese American writer, poet and playwright, died at her home in Gardena, Calif, on Aug. 16, 2018. She was 93. Her first play, 1977’s “And the Soul Shall Dance,” shed light on “the harsh realities of the early 20th century immigrant experience” and was commissioned by the Los Angeles-based East West […]

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