Support for Japan around the world

Japanese Americans respond to the disaster in Japan with words of faith. Those who have voiced their support include everyone from cultural ambassadors to Cherry Blossom participants. The recovery effort in Japan was at the heart...

Tainted gyoza dumplings: The plot thickens

The Chinese-made frozen gyoza that has sickened scores of Japanese residents may have been intentionally contaminated with pesticide, Japanese police say. According to this Kyodo News article, police are "looking into the possibility the...

Dispatches From Japan – THE DELTA WAVE (JULY 2021)

Kalani M. Fujiwara Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald July 2021 was the month of extreme contrast in Japan with the start of the long-delayed Tōkyō Olympics and the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was...

Chinese gyoza causing problems in Japan

Some tainted meats are causing a big commotion in Japan. The New York Times writes that nearly two hundred people have claimed to be ill after eating frozen foods from China, particularly gyoza....

Tohoku University Hospital Fundraiser

Tohoku University Hospital in Sendai, Japan is the beneficiary of a fundraiser titled “With Aloha” on April 9 (Saturday evening from 5-9 p.m.) at the Pagoda Hotel in the Ala Moana area. Pagoda Restaurant...
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Dispatches From Japan – THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN JAPAN

A Personal Journal from November 2019 through April 2020 Kalani M. Fujiwara Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As I boarded my flight to Narita airport at the beginning of November 2019, never in my wildest imagination did...
Bentendo temple and apartment towers illuminated at night in Tökyö, Japan October 2021. (Photo by DLKR flickr.com)

Dispatches From Japan – THE LULL BETWEEN THE WAVES

A Personal Journal from October 2021 through January 2022 Kalani M. Fujiwara Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald After Halloween day 2021, the constitutionally mandated lower house elections came to conclusion with the expected victory by the ruling...

To the skies

The intriguing story of "Nisei stewardesses" lives on. In the month following the Tohoku earthquake, Americans have given $246 million to relief and recovery efforts in Japan. Alabama plans on folding paper cranes for Japan. Internment photographs...

Apparently Okinawans love their spam, too

It's no surprise to anyone in Hawaii that local residents like their spam, rice, eggs and root beer. Well, according this article in the New Zealand-based Stuff, so do Okinawans. In Okinawa, large square "onigiri"...

Dispatches From Japan – THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN JAPAN

A Personal Journal From January to April 2021 Kalani M. Fujiwara Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Japan’s vaccination efforts started with the vaccination of all medical personnel in Japan on February 2021. Since Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was the...

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