November 6, 1996 |
Hanni Vogelweid of Huntington Beach doesn't remember seeing Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who provided her family with transit visas so they could leave Lithuania in early 1941. But she'll never forget what Sugihara did. She's alive because of him. Vogelweid, a 73-year-old German-born Jew, is one of as many as 10,000 who received transit visas from a man who risked his own life to help Jews avoid the Holocaust.
August 10, 1996 |
A Japanese government spokesman apologized for insulting Koreans, the latest in a string of verbal blunders by Japanese leaders over the past few years. Seiroku Kajiyama, Japan's chief government spokesman, had predicted that hostilities between North and South Korea would set off street violence between rival Korean factions in Japan. South Koreans said the comment reinforced a mistaken image of Koreans who live in Japan as thugs and gang members.
December 11, 2011 |
Japan's natural disaster in March was only hours old when the Tokyo-based charity got on the line to the old man. He'd just arrived in Uganda, an exhausting trip for a 77-year-old whose knees are so weak he sometimes needs a wheelchair to get around. "Come back," the charity implored its founder. "We need you. " Two days later, Yoshiomi Tamai not only returned to Japan, but he headed straight for this provincial city 190 miles north of Tokyo. The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami was rising into the thousands.
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April 25, 1992 |
The image is of a lonely Korean woman in her late 60s, working in a back street bar in Shanghai. It could be Manila. Or Taipei. She is quiet. No one asks how she got there, so no one answers. The image and the silence haunt Bok Lim Kim, a La Jolla resident who has for a decade tried to raise awareness of sex crimes committed against Korean and other Asian women during World War II. The euphemism was "comfort girls." In reality, they were sex slaves.
July 31, 1995 |
Government to Use Public Funds to Cover Thrift's Deposits: After a day of emergency meetings, Japanese government officials agreed to use public funds to cover the deposits of the troubled Cosmo Credit Union, the Tokyo area's largest thrift, said a senior Tokyo Metropolitan Government official. The use of government money to guarantee all Cosmo's deposits could mark the beginning of a move by Japanese officials to resolve the country's long-running banking crisis.