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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nikkei Brewers Yelich and Hiura having monster seasons in Majors

After taking the Los Angeles Dodgers to a full seven games in the 2018 National League Championship Series, the Milwaukee Brewers entered the 2019 Major League Baseball Season with high hopes. Those hopes hinge on a talented roster that includes Nikkei players Christian Yelich and Keston Hiura.

‘Kikan — The Homecoming’ retraces a San Francisco Nikkei tale

Japanese American filmmaker Kerwin Berk plans to premiere his latest film “Kikan – the Homecoming” Aug. 18 in San Francisco’s Japantown. Set in the 1940s, Berk tells the story of Jimmy Ibata (Ryan Takemiya), a Japanese American soldier returning to America after fighting in Europe with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. “Kikan” features a multi-generational cast of Japanese Americans directed by the director of “The Virtues of Corned Beef Hash” and “Infinity & Chashu Ramen,” two films predominantly set in the ethnic enclave. The Nichi Bei Weekly interviewed Berk, a Sansei, about his latest film.

EQUITY RIPPLES: Diversity of elected officials lags behind population changes

The Bay Area is one of the most diverse regions in the country and is widely seen as a hotbed of progressive politics, but in the land of Kamala Harris, Ro Khanna and London Breed, it is still a region where white men hold the largest chunk of political power at the local level. While […]

Trump’s anti-immigrant campaign castigated: Critics concerned about JA private contractor’s oversight of ICE detention centers

The Trump administration’s anti-immigrant campaign has ignited a firestorm of protests from many concerned Americans, who are horrified by the inhumane treatment of the immigrants — especially children — and concerned over the unsatisfactory inspections of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers by a Nikkei-owned for-profit corporation. Carl Takei, a senior staff attorney for the […]

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