Diverse communities condemn ‘Muslim Ban’

Jan. 27, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President (Donald) Trump issued an executive order banning immigrants and refugees from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The executive order blocks nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries — Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Iraq — from entering the United States, suspends all refugees admissions […]

UNITED BY COMPASSION: Film premiere leads to historic meeting of descendants tied to heroic Japanese diplomat

At the dawn of World War II, Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul in Lithuania at the time, saved thousands of lives by going against his country’s wishes to issue transit visas to Jewish refugees trying to escape Lithuania. Descendants of three families of those survivors met Madoka Sugihara, the storied diplomat’s granddaughter, and Keisuke Sugihara, […]

Actor makes documentary on Japanese who helped Jews escape Holocaust

TOKYO — A London-based Japanese actor has created a short documentary film that sheds light on individuals who helped Jews escape from Nazi persecution as well as those who have worked to see that this history is passed on. “There was a Japanese diplomat who issued visas in defiance of the Japanese government to allow […]

Politicians link wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans in Syrian refugee crisis

Following the Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks, American lawmakers expressed concerns about admitting Syrian refugees into the United States. In response to the possibility of terrorists posing as refugees, the House of Representatives introduced H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act, Nov. 17 and passed it in a 289-137 vote Nov. 19. The […]

Koreans overcome ethnic divide to aid quake-hit Japanese

KYOTO (Kyodo) — Pro-Pyongyang Korean residents of Japan, a target of ethnic and political prejudice in society, have been offering help to distraught Japanese victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Leading members of the minority group say they are bound by a common sense of mission to save people’s lives regardless of ethnic […]

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