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Government of Japan Honors Columbia Professor Takamura

NEW YORK — Professor Jeanette C. Takamura, dean of the Columbia University School of Social Work, has been honored with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for her contributions to the promotion of social welfare policies and programs and the status of Japanese Americans. First awarded in 1875, the Order […]

Students Help Families in Honduras Rebuild Lives

Shin Fujiyama will never forget an impoverished 10-year old girl named Juli Marroquin Rodas, whom he first met in the Honduran village of El Progreso in 2005 while volunteering with a college campus group. “She was carrying her baby brother on her back, helping her other brother with his homework and doing math problems herself […]

Keiko Fukuda’s Lifelong Journey with Judo

Judo’s highest-ranked woman, Keiko Fukuda, traveled from San Francisco to Tokyo during the last week of October to be honored at the Kodokan Judo Institute’s annual judo kata competition. The 96-year-old judoka was also honored at a reception and press event that was held two days after the competition, said filmmaker Yuriko Gamo Romer, who […]

Hibakusha Victims Express Gratitude Following Japanese Doctors’ Biennial Visit

It has been 32 years since the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association began sending a team of physicians to the United States every two years to conduct medical examinations on those of Japanese and Korean descent who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagaski in 1945. More than 200,000 people died in the atomic bombings […]

‘The Cove’ Puts Health Risk at Forefront, But Japanese Side Not Convinced

TOKYO — A U.S. documentary film about dolphin hunting in Japan places its focus on the health risks that could arise from eating mercury-laden dolphin meat, relegating to the sidelines the aspect of animal rights protection and brushing aside claims of traditional customs. But Japanese authorities and scientists are not convinced by the warning message […]

Uncovering Tokyo’s Yakuza and Nightlife

For 12 years, Jake Adelstein was embroiled in the seedy underbelly of Tokyo crime and nightlife, spending late nights schmoozing with police, conducting investigations at brothels and fielding death threats from the Japanese mafia. Adelstein himself, however, was not in law enforcement or a criminal. Rather, from 1993 to 2005, Adelstein worked as a crime […]

The Taiji Story

First, the disclaimer; I do not represent any organization or group. I am writing my personal reactions, reflections, and questions. The views I express here are not necessarily those of the Nichi Bei Weekly. It’s about the dolphins, about their being culled annually for meat at a place called Taiji. Most people from Japan would […]

Peru’s Fujimori Sentenced to Six Years for Corruption

RIO DE JANEIRO — Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced Sept. 30 to six years in prison for corruption. At the outset of a trial that started earlier this week, Fujimori, 71, admitted that he had illegally wiretapped opposition politicians, businessmen and journalists as well as bribing the politicians during his 1990-2000 rule. Fujimori […]

A-Bomb Survivors in America Examined by Hiroshima Doctors

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — Atomic-bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, now living in North America, received health checks from a group of Japanese doctors Sept. 19 at a suburban Los Angeles hospital. The medical delegation, consisting of physicians and administrative personnel commissioned by the Japanese government and Hiroshima prefectural government, conducted medical exams including interviews, […]

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