KEEPING POSTED: Mauch Yamashita, Nisei baseball legend, passes away

It was the end of a unique, remarkable sporting era for California’s colorful, historic Japanese American baseball world. A sad day, when one of its cherished, most popular diamond assets — Masato “Mauch” Yamashita — suddenly passed away Dec. 7, 2011. Mauch Yamashita, 88, died at Lodi Memorial Hospital, following a heart attack. A native […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: A MAN OF PRINCIPLE: Robert Chino, civil rights activist, draft resister and veteran

The New Year’s season is a special time for wrap-ups and updates. One interesting, if slightly frustrating, part of doing my Nichi Bei column is that my research does not stop with publication of a given essay. Instead, I continue to discover more information about the people I write about even after the pieces have […]

Reflections on the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony

The day began with drama. My sister and I had come to the ceremony on behalf of our late father. She had gone to the Washington Hilton, headquarters for the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony, to reconnoiter and register us. Some minutes later, she phoned me yelling, “Get over here. The buses are leaving for the ceremony!” […]

Lodi Nisei baseball legend ‘Mauch’ Yamashita dies: Local baseball field was named after longtime manager

LODI, Calif. — Masato “Mauch” Yamashita, a veteran of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team who served as the longtime manager of the Lodi Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) baseball team and had a local baseball field named after him, died on Dec. 7, 2011 from complications following a heart attack, sources said. He was […]

What Dad said

When I was 11 years old, I watched “Go for Broke” on television. The 1951 film is about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which was comprised of Nisei soldiers. My father was working on our car in the driveway. I did not hear him come into the living room behind me. Dad said: “Those guys […]

SUS ITO: The life of an American soldier and noted biologist

Susumu “Sus” Ito is renown within the medical field for his work with the gastronomical tract. Despite retiring as a professor from Harvard Medical School in 1990, the 92-year-old continues to go into the lab in Boston a few times a week to study. His work has won him recognition around the world and has […]

Ceremony to honor medal recipients Feb. 2012 in San Jose

SAN JOSE — Community leaders and Congressional leaders are organizing an event to honor veterans, their family members, as well as the widows, who unable to attend the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony that was held in Washington, D.C. The event is being scheduled to take place in San Jose’s Japantown in February of 2012. The […]

Nikkei veterans meet with other medal recipients

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — Japanese American war veterans who received one of the highest U.S. awards this week met for the first time with Navajo and African American recipients of the same honor for a celebratory dinner on Nov. 5, involving the three historically segregated military units. The other groups received the Congressional Gold Medal […]

U.S. honors Japanese American veterans for service during World War II

WASHINGTON — A ceremony to award Japanese-American veterans with one of the highest honors in the United States for their service during World War II was held Nov. 2 at the U.S. Capitol. Former members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service received the Congressional Gold Medal in front […]

Japanese government honors Sen. Daniel Inouye

The Japanese government announced on June 18 that U.S. Sen. Daniel Ken Inouye (D-Hawai‘i) will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, the highest level of National Orders for ordinary foreigners. The award recognizes his continued significance and unprecedented contribution to enhancing goodwill and understanding between the two nations, a statement […]

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