渡邊 正樹

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東京生まれ。特派員の父と家族で英、伊生活を経験。東京で大卒後、ロンドンのロイター通信に就職。ローマ、ワシントン、パリ支局勤務後、フリーランサーに。サンフランシスコと東京勤務後、シンガポールに移住。英字紙、シンガポール経済開発庁広報部、航空会社機内誌編集を歴任。1997年にシンガポール人の妻、2児と共にカナダ・バンクーバーに移住。

(2015年2月 更新)

media en ja

我らが朝日軍の話を日本映画にすると… 今の日本人に知らしめる意味で貴重

サンフランシスコ・ジャイアンツのトラヴィス・タカシ・イシカワ選手の「お祖父さんが戦時中収容されていたから、僕も絶対ギブアップしない」という最近の発言は恐らく多くの日系北米人の共感を呼んだことだろう。何しろ対セントルイス・カージナルズ戦の9回裏サヨナラ・ホームランをかっ飛ばしてジャイアンツのワールド・シリーズ進出の立役者となった際のコメントだ。

17年前シンガポールから当地に移住したばかりの頃、4世の青年たちから、第2次世界大戦中に北米西海岸も日系人たちが強制収容された事実を、親たちから知らされず高校の歴史の授業で初めて知ったと聞いた。人種差別の犠牲者だったにもかかわらず、未だ<恥>を忍んでいたのだろうか。だからこそ、一旦マイナーリーグに落ちてから努力を重ねて先発レフトの位置を勝ち取った4世のイシカワが「ギブアップしない」とお祖父さんの<がまん>と ...

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SADA HOSHIOKA: “I Am Like a Cultural Ambassador,” Says Pioneering, Leading-Edge Sushi Chef

Some of you readers may know him already as Sada-san, the personable owner and chef at the popular sushi restaurant Octopus’ Garden in Vancouver’s Kitsilano area.

But when he was only about four years old, growing up in a seaside town in his native Ehime Prefecture in Shikoku, Japan, Mr. Sada Hoshioka, now age 54, used to sit atop a hill behind the town looking out toward the water horizon, wondering what Osaka City out there might look like. For him back then, Osaka was the “big world out there.”

“Maybe that was the primal experience that eventually brought ...

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Drummer Immersed the World of Jazz – Bernie Arai Is Steadfast in His Pursuit

Is Japanese Canadian Bernie Arai a pioneering jazz drummer? Answering this question during a recent interview, he was quick to say: “I don’t think of myself as a pioneer…I just want to keep working on making music.” As a longtime fan and a “lowly” part-time guitar player, I definitely consider Bernie, if I may so call him, to be a pioneering artist, as I’m sure many musicians and aficionados both in Canada and overseas would agree.

Inasmuch as every first-class musician has his or her “own sound,” I discern the influence of taiko drumming in the way ...

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business en

“Mr K” a Pioneer who brought the First “Cool” Japanese Car to North American markets

How long has it been since Japanese Canadians and Americans started driving cars to suit their own tastes, not worrying about whether or not they are made in Japan? Nowadays Nikkei folks are, of course, among drivers of all races and nationalities who happen to drive around in a Toyota Lexus, Honda Accord or Nissan Rogue. But back around the 1960s when Japanese cars first appeared on North American markets, no Nikkei family would be “caught dead” in one.

Some time ago, I mentioned websites on the topic “You are Japanese Canadian/American if you …” One of the comments there ...

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