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6 treated for possible overdoses on Christmas Day at Japantown home

Emergency crews treated six people on Christmas Day for possible drug overdoses at a home in San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood. Firefighters responded at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 25 to a home in the 1700 block of Post Street, according to San Francisco Fire Capt. Jonathan Baxter. Five people found at the home were hospitalized — two […]

Biden outpacing Trump, Obama with diverse judicial nominees

WASHINGTON — For the Biden White House, a quartet of four female judges in Colorado encapsulates its mission when it comes to the federal judiciary. Charlotte Sweeney is the first openly LGBT woman to serve on the federal bench west of the Mississippi River and has a background in workers’ rights. Nina Wang, an immigrant […]

Little Tokyo homeless situation has improved, says community business owner

LOS ANGELES — Homelessness remains a problem in Little Tokyo, but the situation is a lot better now than it was two-and-a-half years ago, since L.A. city officials cleared out a large homeless encampment at Toriumi Plaza in March, according to a local business owner familiar with the city action. A city order declaring the […]

Roger Daniels, historian of the Nikkei experience, dies

Historian Roger Daniels, whose early works documented and gave a respected voice to the Japanese American incarceration experience, died Dec. 9, 2022 in Bellevue, Wash., sources said, a week after celebrating his 95th birthday. Among Daniels’ iconic works was the groundbreaking “Concentration Camps USA: Japanese Americans and World War II,” which was published in 1972. […]

A tour of San Jose’s Japantown

San Jose Japantown community member Jim Nagareda, a former Japanese American Museum of San Jose executive director, took people on a tour of San Jose’s Japantown in a video edited by J-Town Community TV for the San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church. They explored the different businesses and places that make up the ethnic enclave, which […]

Metro Rail construction project impacts life in Little Tokyo

LOS ANGELES — The Metro Rail Regional Connector construction project that burrowed underground through downtown Los Angeles created serious disruptions to daily life in Little Tokyo and even caused several businesses to close, according to some local citizens. Construction for the Regional Connector began in 2014 and it is slated to open for service in […]

SF: Video released of attack that injured woman on Muni, suspect sought

Police released surveillance video of a man who allegedly kicked and injured an elderly woman on a Muni bus in San Francisco’s Japantown earlier this month. The video shows the 79-year-old woman boarding the 38 Line coach at Geary Boulevard and Laguna Street at about 11:20 a.m. Dec. 3. The suspect kicks her in the […]

Federal funds to expand AAPI community health worker program

A Santa Clara program designed to mitigate healthcare obstacles for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities is now backed with $1 million in federal funding, announced county supervisors on Dec. 16. The Asian/Pacific Islander Community Health Worker pilot program will work with local nonprofits and hire health workers to care for seven specific Asian communities […]

Buchanan YMCA in S.F.’s J-Town set on fire

The Buchanan YMCA caught fire during the afternoon of Nov. 27. According to the San Francisco Fire Department, the fire damaged the exterior of the building and two floors inside. Danielle Jones, director of public relations and communication for the YMCA of San Francisco, said the structure and interior of the building itself sustained minor […]

U.S. Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi Miyamura dies at 97

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura, the son of Japanese immigrants who was awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor for holding off an attack to allow an American squad to withdraw during the Korean War, has died. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announced that Miyamura died Nov. 29, 2022 at his home in […]

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