LASTING COMMITMENTS: We must ‘take good care of our relationships’

It was a source of joy for me in recent weeks to learn about an ancient kanji, “go-en.” It means chance, destiny or special bond. I was intrigued when I first learned about the word. It seemed to capture reverence for relationships in a way that was new for me. Since I am a Gosei […]

Giant Christmas tree outside Fox News headquarters set afire

Editor’s Note: Multiple news outlets have identified the accused as Craig Tamanaha, 49. NEW YORK — A man was charged with arson and other crimes Dec. 8 for setting fire to a 50-foot (15-meter) Christmas tree in front of Fox News headquarters in midtown Manhattan, police said. The artificial tree outside of the News Corp. […]

SJ: 6 arrested, charged with hate crimes for thefts targeting people of Asian descent

SAN JOSE — San Jose police on Dec. 15 announced the arrest of six men who allegedly committed dozens of robberies, burglaries and thefts since last year, including many that targeted people of Asian descent. The suspects have been charged for more than 70 cases that occurred between October 2020 and this September, and hate […]

U.S. destroyer named after Sen. Daniel Inouye commissioned in Hawai‘i

HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy commissioned Dec. 8 a new guided missile destroyer named Daniel Inouye in honor of the late U.S. Senator at a ceremony in Hawai‘i. The first U.S. Navy vessel named after an American of Japanese ancestry will have its homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham. Inouye, the first Japanese American member […]

The shadow pandemic: Teen suicides and depression rates spike, with few resources for help

Teen suicide and depression rates amid the pandemic are as alarming as deaths from Covid-19, but few mental health resources are available to address this shadow pandemic, especially within communities of color. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Asian American children between the ages of 15 and 24. Black children between the ages […]

Masayuki Uemura, creator of NES, SNES game consoles, dies at 78

KYOTO  — Masayuki Uemura, lead architect for the breakthrough Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super NES, and a visiting professor at Ritsumeikan University, has died, the university said Dec. 9. He was 78. After joining Nintendo Co. in 1971, Uemura was in charge of developing the NES and its successor the SNES. Both consoles, known […]

LA film critics pick ‘Drive My Car’ as year’s best

LOS ANGELES — It was a showdown between Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” and Jane Campion’s “ The Power of the Dog ” for members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, but the group managed to give top honors to both on Dec. 19. The Japanese film “Drive My Car” was named best picture […]

Japanese actress Sayaka Kanda dies after apparent fall at hotel

TOKYO — Japanese actress and singer Sayaka Kanda has died after apparently falling from a height at a hotel in Sapporo, northern Japan, her office said Dec. 19. Kanda, known for voicing the lead character Anna in the Japanese dubbed version of the Disney animated film “Frozen,” was found around 1 p.m. Dec. 18 lying […]

Suspect in Osaka clinic fire may have copied animation studio arson

OSAKA  — The suspect in a fatal fire at a mental health clinic in Osaka last week might have intended to copy a deadly 2019 arson at an animation studio in Kyoto, which also involved a purchase of gasoline before the incident, investigative sources said Dec. 21. Morio Tanimoto had left in his presumed living […]

Satoshi ‘Fibber’ Hirayama (1930-2021)

At 5’3” and weighing 140 pounds, Satoshi “Fibber” Hirayama is considered the greatest pound-for-pound athlete in Fresno State history. Hirayama grew up in Exeter and was a two-sport star for the Monarchs: football and baseball. He would also play both of those sports at Fresno State, lettering in football from 1949-1951 and in baseball from […]

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