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Osaka gives voice to victims of racial injustice at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Over two weeks, Naomi Osaka used her platform as a world-famous athlete to draw attention to the racial injustice and systematic police brutality that has resulted in a wave of protests in the United States. The spotlight she cast on the Black Lives Matter movement would not have been as bright as […]

JCYC to hold a virtual run/walk for Black lives

Last year the Japanese Community Youth Council began thinking about how to use their annual SF Aloha Run “not to just raise funds, but to amplify issues that were affecting children of youth in this country,” Jon Osaki, the executive director of the organization, told the Nichi Bei Weekly by phone. JCYC donated part of […]

Ohtani falters in return to the mound

OAKLAND, Calif. — With the return of Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani made his much-anticipated return to the mound July 26 in Oakland. Ohtani, a right-handed pitcher and left-handed hitter, made his 2020 pitching debut against the Athletics but failed to get out of the first inning and ultimately lost […]

Cameron Iwasa perseveres and scores with hometown team

Cameron Iwasa never thought he would be playing professional soccer. The Sacramento Republic FC forward thought he would simply play the sport at the University of California, Irvine while pursuing his degree in business economics, which he plans to obtain this summer. But upon seeing some of his college teammates getting a chance to play […]

Asian athletes give back during quarantine

With people being required to stay indoors and prohibited from holding large gatherings, athletes across the board have had their seasons postponed, and the Olympics has been postponed to next summer. However, some Asian American and Pacific Islander athletes are among those helping out amid the pandemic, while other athletes have found other ways to […]

Famed judo coach Yosh Uchida to celebrate 100th birthday

Yoshihiro Uchida, the legendary coach who helped make San Jose State University a collegiate powerhouse in judo for decades, will celebrate his 100th birthday on April 1. He had hoped to visit Japan later this year for the Tokyo Olympics, but those plans are uncertain because of the global coronavirus pandemic. Uchida was born in […]

Sakura Kokumai’s Olympic quest to represent USA’s karate team

Sakura Kokumai, the seven-time United States karate national champion, listens to music to help her relax and eats lots of rice to “give (her) that power” before a competition. However, during competitions, she is laser focused. “Usually, when I’m in my zone, I focus on my performance, my movements and my breathing,” Kokumai told the […]

History maker Hachimura fuels NBA boom in Japan

TOKYO — After becoming the first Japanese player to go pro in the United States via the NBA draft, Rui Hachimura is the face of a basketball boom in his home country. Hachimura’s progress in the National Basketball Association is getting wall-to-wall coverage in Japanese media and his face can be seen advertising everything from […]

Nationals’ Kurt Suzuki dons MAGA hat at White House

During the World Series champion Washington Nationals visit to the White House on Nov. 4, catcher Kurt Suzuki “proudly donned a red MAGA hat and endured a very, very, very awkward hug from the President,” Yahoo Sports reported. As Suzuki made his way to the podium, the 36-year-old native of Maui, Hawai‘i put on a […]

Hachimura can deliver for Washington and Japan, says NBA’s Silver

TOKYO — Rui Hachimura has an opportunity to be “incredibly successful” in the pros if he commits to his craft and manages to navigate the challenges of life as a player in the world’s best basketball league, says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Speaking to Kyodo News in a Tokyo hotel on Oct. 7, Silver said […]

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