G7 2016 Ise-Shima Summit

 On the May 27th edition of Your Call, it’s our media roundtable. This week we’ll discuss coverage of President Obama’s visits to Vietnam and Japan. 

Janice Nimura

Japan and the U.S. have a long history together. In the late 1800s, Japan had just emerged from a civil war, and the government had a mission to build the country back up again by learning the ways of the West. So they started sending young men to the U.S., to learn how Americans do business, build and work. Then, came the idea to send young women. Actually -- girls.

On the May 1st edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the US, and the move to seal the deal on TPP and a new military alliance. We will also discuss the ongoing social unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody. we’ll be joined by the Nation’s Tim Shorrock and freelance journalist Lawrence Lanahan. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Mark Hertsgaard, and You.




Drumming to de-stress at SF Taiko Dojo

Nov 5, 2013
SF Taiko Dojo

Drummer Ryan Kimura was only nine-years-old when he first discovered Taiko. When he talked about this Japanese art form to a group of high schoolers, he “told everyone to close their eyes and listen to their heartbeats. And imagine everybody’s heartbeat coming together for one huge sound. And that’s really what Taiko feels like to me.”

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the recent leaks from the nuclear power plant at Fukushima, Japan.  It’s been over two years since the plant suffered its original damage from the earthquake and tsunami.  Now, more than 300 tons of radioactive water has leaked from the plant into the ground and ocean.  So what do we need to know?  Could the entire Pacific Ocean be at risk?  And what can we be doing to prevent this? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.



Since the late 1960s, San Francisco State has continued to be at the forefront of ethnic consciousness – and arts.

An exhibit that opens today, January 31, 2013, at the university is dedicated to the Japanese artform of Tanka, a 31-syllable poetry form that goes as far back as the seventh century. After the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, many Japanese survivors turned to writing Tanka poetry to express their grief, anger, and hope. Thirty of these poems are on exhibit at SF State. KALW’s Hana Baba visited the exhibit recently and brought back this report.