Three to receive medals of honor from the Japanese government

Two Japanese and one American residing in Northern and Central California will receive kunsho, or medals of honor from Japan, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco announced Nov. 5. This fall’s Japanese recipients of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays are Shigeru Kimura of San Francisco and Keizo Norimoto […]

Obama signs bill granting JA soldiers highest honor

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation Oct. 5 granting the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest U.S. civilian honor, to thousands of Japanese American soldiers who fought on World War II battlefields or conducted key intelligence operations, the White House said. The text of the legislation cites the exploits of three army units […]

Supporters of Japanese culture across the nation recognized with Kunsho medals

In the May 27 issue, the Nichi Bei Weekly published information about Kunsho medal recipients named by the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. Kunsho medals have been simultaneously handed out all across the country; this week’s issue includes information about recipients from other areas. Southern California and Arizona • Paul Kunio Shiba of […]

Mirikitani inducted into SFSU’s Alumni Hall of Fame

Janice Mirikitani, a former San Francisco poet laureate was one of six people who were inducted into the San Francisco State University Alumni Hall of Fame on May 21. The commencement ceremony, held on campus the following day, also included the presentation of honorary degrees to 19 alums of Japanese descent who were attending the […]

Kimochi, Inc. presents 2010 Spirit Awards

“The Longevity of Giving” was the theme on May 16 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown as Kimochi Inc. presented its annual Spirit Awards for their commitment to the senior service agency. Kimochi board member Benh Nakajo served as emcee. Following a performance by the San Francisco Police Department Lion Dance Team, […]

Spring Kunsho Recipients

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco on April 28 announced the recipients of the 2010 Spring Conferment of Decoration.Among the recipients of the kunsho, or medals of honor from the Japanese government, are: • Kayoko Fujimoto, an ikebana teacher from San Leandro, Calif., who is being bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, […]

San Francisco Presents Heritage Awards for Leadership, Community Impact, Lifetime Achievement

The winners of the 2010 Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards were announced at San Francisco’s annual official celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 3 at the Herbst Theater. Both the 2010 award recipients and the finalists received a commendation from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on May 4. The recipients are: […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Nikkei Women Honored by Japanese American Women Alumnae

It isn’t every organization that has a connection to a powerful and influential member in Congress, but the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley (JAWAUCB), a club of the California Alumni Association, has just such a connection. Doris Matsui, representative for the 5th District in California, was honored as Outstanding Alumna of the Year […]

KQED Honors APA Local Heroes, Offers Heritage Month Programming

KQED Public Television and Union Bank held their annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration and Local Hero awards ceremony on May 4, honoring four outstanding community members. Jeff Mori is currently executive director of Asian American Recovery Services Inc., (AARS), a nonprofit community-based organization that provides specialized substance abuse services to Asian and Pacific […]

CSUS Celebrates 40th Anniv. of Ethnic Studies

SACRAMENTO — California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) honored eight of its former and present faculty in the 40th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Ethnic Studies Department at the Alumni Visitor’s Center on April 27. Nearly 300 friends, family and associates of the program attended the event, many of them seeing each other in […]