Beate Gordon, a drafter of Japan’s Constitution, dies at 89

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — Beate Sirota Gordon, a drafter of the Japanese Constitution who wrote its article stipulating the equality of the sexes, died Dec. 30 of pancreatic cancer at her home in New York, her daughter Nicole said Dec. 31. She was 89. “Her last public statements had to do with preserving the peace […]

Pioneering Nisei writer and physician, Yasuo Sasaki, fought for reproductive freedom

(Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of a two-part series on the career of Dr. Yasuo Sasaki). In the years after World War II, the Sasaki family settled in Covington, Ky. Sasaki’s wife Lily painted and made clay figurines, and cared for Mimi and for their son Brian, born after Lily’s release from camp. […]