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‘New Asahi’ celebrate legacy of Japanese Canadian baseball legends

VANCOUVER, B.C. (Kyodo) — Koichi Kaminishi, the last living member of a storied Japanese Canadian baseball team active from 1914 until Canada’s mass incarceration of Japanese during World War II, reflected on the team and his wartime experiences at a celebration of his 96th birthday this month near Vancouver. The gathering, put on by a new […]

Asian Americans named to 2018 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team

Several Asian American skaters have been named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, U.S. Figure Skating announced Jan. 7-8. They will compete at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 as part of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team. The women’s singles team consists of Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen. Bradie Tennell, […]

Slugging ace Ohtani signs with Angels

LOS ANGELES  — Shohei Ohtani, the two-way phenom known as “Japan’s Babe Ruth,”
has decided to join the Los Angeles Angels, his agent and the major league club announced Dec. 8. The move came after the 23-year-old Ohtani reportedly completed talks with the seven clubs in the running to sign the pitcher-outfielder earlier this week. “What mattered […]

Sumo’s scandal-ridden underbelly emerges again

TOKYO — As the gravity of yokozuna Harumafuji’s assault further emerged Nov. 15, condemnation of his behavior has morphed into disappointment that sumo’s veiled underbelly has yet again stained the reputation of Japan’s national sport. The latest blow to the ancient sport came just as it had begun to regain lost popularity with the promise […]

Astros player’s racist gesture on display during World Series

Houston Astros infielder Yulieski Gurriel will be suspended for the first five games of the 2018 MLB season for making a racist gesture Oct. 27 during the World Series. After hitting a home run off the Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish during Game 3 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Gurriel, 33, brought […]

Japanese American judo legend to visit Japan for 2nd Tokyo Olympics at age 100

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A second-generation Japanese American man who coaches judo in California is hoping to return to Japan for his second Tokyo Olympics in 2020 when he will be 100 years old. Yoshihiro Uchida, who took part in the 1964 Games in Tokyo as coach of the U.S. judo team, still trains judoka […]

TAKUMA SATO: Driving force of Japanese motorsport

Takuma Sato sent Japanese racing fans into a frenzy following his monumental Indianapolis 500 win May 28. The first Japanese racer to do so, and the only Japanese IndyCar racer currently on the track, Sato sat down for an interview with a pool of Nikkei journalists including the Nichi Bei Weekly ahead of the GoPro […]

REFLECTING UPON A GOLDEN MOMENT: Olympic icon Kristi Yamaguchi prepares for 25th anniversary performances

At first glance, this was like any other morning at the Dublin Iceland ice rink in the Bay Area. Dozens of young figure skaters were carving up the ice, diligently practicing their spins and turns while dreaming of becoming the next Michelle Kwan, Yuna Kim or Kristi Yamaguchi. But if you looked a little closer, […]

Korean star Jae-Gyun Hwang powers his way to Giants history

In a dismal season, San Francisco Giants fans had a reason to celebrate June 28. Playing at home versus the Colorado Rockies, Jae-Gyun Hwang made history as the first Korea-born player to suit up for the Giants. In his major league debut, the 29-year-old infielder hit a dramatic, go-ahead home run in the sixth inning. […]

Warriors celebrate Asian heritage

OAKLAND, Calif. — On Dec. 1, the Golden State Warriors celebrated Asian Heritage Night at Oracle Arena. Fans were entertained outside the arena by the Shaolin Kung Fu Lion Dance Team of Oakland. Students from the organization started with a lion dance and performed martial arts demonstrations led by Grandmaster Chiu Chi Ling. Chiu is […]

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