S.F. Japantown security cameras praised by most

Community members have largely applauded the installation of a network of security cameras in San Francisco’s Japantown, in part for its ability to track individuals in the public spaces of the ethnic enclave. The Japantown SafeCity Program, administered by the Japantown Community Benefit District through an anonymous $750,000 grant, was one of the most anticipated […]

Police arrest man suspected in theft of golden retriever from S.F. J-Town

Officers have arrested a man accused of stealing a Golden Retriever last month from outside a storefront in San Francisco’s Japantown, police said July 25. Police have identified the man as 53-year-old Le Van Loc of San Francisco. Loc is suspected of stealing the dog, Lily, from the 1700 block of Post Street on July […]

LETTERS: Concerns about conditions in S.F.’s J-Town

Hello, after taking several tours of Japantown and the Peace Plaza, I am very concerned with the condition of the town. The Pagoda itself is rusting and has severe gaps in the foundation. The walkways and tree holders are cracking and falling apart. There is a lot of trash and filth in the walkways. Inside […]

San Francisco poet and activist dies

Peter Kenichi Yamamoto — a poet, community activist, volunteer and one of the last surviving tenants of the famed I-Hotel — passed away in San Francisco during the early hours of May 27, 2018. Yamamoto, who had just posted his final Facebook post beaming about having just met activist Angela Davis — a longtime hero […]

San Francisco’s Japantown plans for preservation

San Francisco’s Japantown experienced several notable changes in 2017 and aims to implement and secure resources for the continuity of one of the nation’s last three historical Japantowns. As the ethnic enclave moves forward into 2018, several organizations based in the neighborhood must seriously consider their mission and focus for the coming years. New Organization […]

LETTERS: Rename the Embarcadero Plaza after Yori Wada

Rename the Embarcadero Plaza after Yori Wada Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent in response to an article that appeared in the Nov. 23, 2017 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Dear Editor, Thank you for your article “Remembering S.F. Japantown legend Yori Wada.” It reminded me of just how dedicated and insightful he […]

Rec and Park Commission votes 4-2 to rename Justin Herman Plaza

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission voted 4-2 Nov. 16 to drop the name of former Redevelopment Agency head Justin Herman from a prominent city plaza at the foot of Market Street, but the question of who it will be named for instead remains unresolved. The commission’s vote Nov. 16 was its second take […]

Supes unanimously back renaming of Justin Herman Plaza

Acknowledging a dark chapter in city history, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously backed a resolution calling for the renaming of Justin Herman Plaza. The resolution, introduced by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, calls for the Recreation and Park Commission to rename the plaza at the eastern end of Market Street “Embarcadero Plaza” until a new […]

Japantown Task Force executive director passes

Japantown Task Force, Inc. Executive Director Robert Hamaguchi passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sept. 4 at his home surrounded by family members, after a more than year-long battle with cancer. He was 70. The Japantown Task Force hired Hamaguchi in 2006 as its executive director. He helped formulate and implement the Japantown […]

Man who robbed elderly victims sentenced to 327-years-to life in prison

A 60-year-old man has been sentenced to 327-years-to-life in prison for a series of violent residential burglaries that targeted the elderly in San Francisco’s Chinatown and Japantown neighborhoods in 2014, prosecutors said Sept. 6. German Woods Jr., of San Francisco, was found guilty on all 16 counts of residential burglary, inflicting injury on an elder […]

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