Man charged with English teacher’s murder releases a book about his years on the run

The man charged with killing a young English conversation teacher in Japan in 2007 has released a book about the 31 months he spent avoiding capture. In March 2007, Lindsay Ann Hawker, a 22-year-old British teacher, met Tatsuya Ichihashi at a cafe for an English lesson. She’d expressed some misgivings about him to her friends, […]

SF State to establish Japan and Japanese cultural center

San Francisco State University (SFSU) has received the second-largest private individual gift in its history, a $5 million dollar gift from alumna and Professor Emerita Kay Takeyama Dilena, to establish the Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture. The Center will give a new prominence to the study of Japan at […]

Michelle Obama presents nation’s highest honors to JA National Museum

First lady Michelle Obama presented the Institute of Museums and Library Services’ (IMLS) National Medal, the nation’s highest honor for museums, to the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in a ceremony held on Dec. 17. JANM President and CEO Akemi Kikumura Yano, Board Chairman Emeritus Ernest Doizaki, and community member Paul Takemoto accepted the National […]

Furutani to chair retirement and Social Security committee

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Warren T. Furutani (D-Long Beach) on Dec. 16 announced his appointment as chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security (PERSS). The jurisdiction of the committee includes oversight of the public retirement administration and investment strategy, classified school employees, public employee collective bargaining and judges’ retirement law. Furutani […]

Congress passes rare bill to allow Marine widow’s immigration

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — The House of Representatives, on Dec. 15, passed a private immigration bill that will pave the way for a Japanese widow of a U.S. Marine to live permanently in the United States. The bill grants permanent resident status to the woman, who now lives in the Japanese southernmost prefecture of Okinawa. As […]

JapaCurry serves up street food in downtown San Francisco

What does a laid off information technology worker do after nearly two decades of living in America? For 40-year-old Jay Hamada, the proprietor of the newly established food truck JapaCurry, it is an opportunity to start over and pursue his lifelong dream of serving delicious Japanese cuisine. Starting in December, the colorful JapaCurry food truck […]

JA officer promoted to high U.S. Navy rank

Another significant chapter in the long and distinguished history of Japanese Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces was added with the recent promotion of Navy officer David M. Boone. With his promotion to the rank of rear admiral, he becomes the 43rd military officer of Japanese descent and the 100th military officer of Asian […]

J-Sei event addresses aging issues in Japanese American community

ALAMEDA, Calif. — J-Sei, formerly Japanese American Services of the East Bay, held its “Sansei! Are you prepared to live to 100?” event as part of its “J-Sei Saturday Morning Series on Oct. 9 at the Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda, Calif. The event — which brought together a panel of specialists in […]

Sugimoto Named Pasadena City College Vice President of College Advancement

PASADENA, Calif. — The Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees recently announced the appointment of Dr. Lisa Sugimoto as Pasadena City College vice president of College Advancement. “I have made clear from the outset that I had hopes of persuading Dr. Sugimoto to stay on the PCC team and I am very happy […]

Little Tokyo’s Aratani/Japan America Theatre to close for repair in Jan. 2011

LOS ANGELES — The Aratani Japan America Theatre of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) will close for repairs and upgrades on Jan. 31, 2011, the organization said. “Our theatre is nearly 30 years old,” said JACCC Executive Director Chris Aihara, “and there are necessary repairs that we now need to address. It […]