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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 […]

Support a ‘Living’ Legacy of Japanese American Culture (Part 3)

Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) Capital Campaign has already raised 95 percent of its $2,200,000 goal. NLF retired the mortgage on the 1830 Sutter St. building in 2007 and is currently in the process of much needed retrofitting and upgrading. My purpose in writing is to encourage more supporters to find inspiration in the many extraordinary […]

JCYC Celebrates Renovated Building

The Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) hosted a reopening ceremony at its San Francisco’s Japantown building after a year of renovation, presenting to the public its new exterior and a more handicapped-accessible facility. “A lot of people were very surprised with the renovations and how it looks,” said JCYC Executive Director Jon Osaki. “It was […]

OBITUARY: Gina Hotta

Gina Hotta, host of the Apex Express show on Pacifica radio’s KPFA, passed away from a heart attack at the age of 56 on Sept. 28. The longtime community activist collapsed while attending a meeting of the University Professional and Technical Employees to discuss the week’s walkout protest at UC Berkeley, where she worked as […]

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 […]

New Yu-Ai Kai Executive Director Sees a Bright Future

Sophie Horiuchi-Forrester walks through the Yu-Ai Kai senior services center in San Jose’s Japantown, enthusiastically greeting fellow staff members and seniors in both English and Japanese. It’s clear that she has a knack for connecting with people. This skill has come in handy for Horiuchi-Forrester, who was named the executive director of Yu-Ai Kai in […]

Support a ‘Living’ Legacy of Japanese American Culture (Part 2)

The 1830 Sutter Street building is one of the few and most long-lasting of great Japanese American works destined to convey some knowledge of us to remote posterity. It is not a shrine, not a pagoda, not a garden, and not a bridge. Nor is it a museum or an historical organization looking backward at […]

Support a ‘Living’ Legacy of Japanese American Culture (Part 1)

Established in 1975, Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) is a bilingual, multicultural childcare organization located in San Francisco’s Japantown. In 2002, NLF launched the Issei Women’s Legacy Project – a $2.2 million capital campaign to fund the purchase and renovation of the historic 1830 Sutter Street building. Completed in 1932, it was originally built as the […]

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, […]

Japantown Plan Moving Forward Slowly: Community Members Have “Second Chance” to Make Their Voices Heard

Community members still have a chance to influence the fate of the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan (BNP), which, once adopted, will govern how San Francisco’s Japantown will develop over the next several decades. Since property owners have postponed development due to the economic crisis and lack of city funding has slowed the planning process, community […]

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