Tag - japanese-americans



Yoshihiro Uchida inside the San Jose State University building that was renamed after him in 1997, in San Jose, California, in 2012.
Jul 7, 2024
Yoshihiro Uchida, peerless American judo coach, dies at 104
The son of Japanese immigrants, Uchida began coaching judo at San Jose State in the 1940s, while he was still a student there.
David Inoue, the executive director of the Japanese American Citizens League, in Farragut Square, near the building that used to house the War Relocation Authority, in Washington. Inoue says his group has been more divided than it has been in decades on how it should respond to the Israel-Hamas war.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 20, 2024
War in the Gaza Strip causes surprising rift within Japanese American group
A new generation is pushing one of the largest Asian American civil rights groups to sever ties with prominent Jewish American organizations.
Rahm Emanuel, U.S. ambassador to Japan, and Ann Burroughs, president and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, discuss the importance of preserving the history of interned Japanese Americans.
Oct 6, 2023
U.S. ambassador honors artworks by interned Japanese Americans
“This is not a great moment for America, and we have to own it,” Rahm Emanuel said at a reception in Tokyo.
Shirley Higuchi, author of the nonfiction book "Setsuko's Secret," poses for a photo in Washington last month.
Aug 11, 2023
U.S. author hopes book about WWII internment camp spurs interest in history
The author's mother and her family were incarcerated in a U.S. camp after the December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Japan Times
Nov 12, 2022
Unsung stories of loyalty come to light in 'Bridge to the Sun'
Bruce Henderson's new book examines the long overlooked efforts of Japanese Americans who used their knowledge of the Japanese language, psychology and culture to help win the Pacific War.
Japan Times
Sep 28, 2022
U.S. researchers unveil first complete list of WWII internees of Japanese descent
Some 200 people, including former internees, took part in a ceremony Saturday to commemorate the exhibition of the full list at the Japanese American National Museum.
Japan Times
Sep 25, 2022
Ray Masaki: ‘Being earnest and not overdoing things — that’s what resonates’
Ray Masaki moved from America to Japan to gain a better understanding of his heritage. Today, he continues to navigate his cultural identity both in his design work and his own life.
Japan Times
Feb 19, 2022
Biden vows 'never again' in marking 80 years since Japanese American internment
'We reaffirm our commitment to Nidoto Nai Yoni, which translates to 'Let It Not Happen Again,'' the U.S. leader said in a statement.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Jan 12, 2021
Inouye, first Japanese-American congressman, to be remembered in ancestral home
The decorated World War II veteran, a towering figure in the U.S. legislative branch, was known for his efforts toward deepening Japan-U.S. relations.
Japan Times
Apr 9, 2020
Irene Hirano, head of U.S.-Japan Council and widow of Sen. Inouye, dies
Irene Hirano, head of the U.S.-Japan Council and widow of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, died Tuesday in Los Angeles following an extended illness, the council said Wednesday. She was 71.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
May 7, 2019
Annual pilgrimage to Manzanar internment camp for Japanese-Americans still resonates
After he was expelled from college for "inciting a riot" while fighting for African Americans' civil rights and protesting the Vietnam War, Warren Furutani decided it was time to galvanize a Japanese American community that had experienced mass incarceration two decades earlier.
Japan Times
Feb 12, 2019
The state that accepted Japanese-Americans
The relationship between Japan and Colorado has been fantastic, in part because how the state's governor treated Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Japan Times
Dec 28, 2018
Hoop pioneer Wat Misaka reflects on breaking barriers in an incredible life
Wataru "Wat" Misaka never demanded the spotlight nor shouted from the roof tops seeking attention.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 26, 2018
As U.S. midterm elections draw near, majority of Japanese-Americans support Democrats
As the Democratic Party pushes to win back a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 6 it's likely to have the support of most Japanese-Americans in an apparent protest against Republican President Donald Trump's hard-line approach to immigration, a recent poll shows.
Japan Times
Aug 11, 2018
Former internment camp victims warn of rise in U.S. racial tensions
The Japanese-Americans forcibly incarcerated by the U.S. government during World War II warn that the administration of President Donald Trump risks repeating this sad chapter in U.S. racial discrimination.
Japan Times
Aug 2, 2018
Former Pistons assistant coach Rex Walters launches new basketball-themed podcast
Rex Walters, whose head coaching stops include Florida Atlantic University, the University of San Francisco and the NBA G League's Grand Rapids Drive, has launched a new basketball podcast.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jun 27, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court condemns ruling that enabled internment of Japanese-Americans, but says travel ban is different
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, but in the process also overruled an infamous 1944 decision that allowed the internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II because of concerns over homeland defense following...
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Nov 4, 2017
Sawtelle Japantown: A return to one's roots?
A Los Angeles neighborhood is struggling to preserve its unique cultural identity.
Japan Times
Oct 13, 2017
Memories of war have had profound effect on Meschery
Third in a three-part series
Japan Times
Feb 17, 2017
Trump immigration policies deja vu for descendants of WWII internees
Seventy-five years ago an executive order issued by then-U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt uprooted the families of Japanese and Americans of Japanese ancestry, or Nikkei, who were removed from Western coastal regions in the U.S. and taken to remote, guarded camps.


Several support networks have launched to help startup founders in Japan whose native language isn't Japanese.
As Japan's startup ecosystem grows, so does a supportive community of entrepreneurs