Monday, May 24, 2010

Job Opening - Nichei Bei Foundation - Business Operations Manager

Our friends at Nichi Bei Foundation are searching for a new Business Operations Manager, if you or someone you know is looking for work and wants to get involved with an organization that is deeply devoted to community, please forward this information along.

Business Operations Mgr. at Nonprofit Asian American Media Org. (SF's Japantown)

The Nichi Bei Foundation, an educational and charitable nonprofit organization, is seeking an intelligent, motivated, and creative individual to serve as the Business Operations Manager for a groundbreaking start-up with an unmatched historical legacy in the Japanese American community.

About the Organization
With the impending closure of the historic Nichi Bei Times in September of 2009 — the oldest Japanese American community newspaper in Northern California — some Nichi Bei Times staff and contributing writers, media professionals and community leaders formed the Nichi Bei Foundation to create the first nonprofit ethnic newspaper of its kind in the country, the Nichi Bei Weekly.

This pioneering new media organization — which is in the process of creating and launching an innovative Website — will also continue to hold educational forums as well as community events designed to help fulfill its mission of keeping the Japanese American and Asian American community connected, informed and empowered.

Job Description
Applicant will plan, organize, and manage daily office operations including, but not limited to, the coordination of customer service/sales support, purchasing office supplies and finance.

Applicant will also assist in the budgetary and funding initiatives, strategic business planning, fundraising and grants development of the organization, including the Website project expected to launch in August of 2010.

Applicant should provide positive solutions for customer needs, ensure client and vendor file integrity, and maintain general oversight and ensure accuracy of internal accounting records including accounts receivable and accounts payable.

Applicant will also assist in the development of tools to increase the company efficiency and risk management; and will be expected to take on various ad hoc projects
This position reports directly to the President.

  • Bachelors Degree or higher in business-related major preferred
  • High proficiency in accounting and database software such as Intuit Quickbooks and Microsoft Excel
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to draw conclusions based on data
  • Ability to investigate, analyze and solve problems, and clearly communicate results
  • Skills in business and financial management ideal
  • Excellent proven interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work well under deadlines
  • Proficiency in software such as the Adobe Creative Suite is highly desired
  • Past experience working with CRM applications ideal
  • Japanese language skills (speaking, reading and writing) preferred

Send cover letter and resume to:
Kenji G. Taguma, Nichi Bei Foundation president, at

No calls, please.

Hiring Organization: Nichi Bei Foundation

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Volunteers Needed: Honoring our Past, Remembering those who have passed on..

Our friends at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) is organizing a youth and family community Clean-Up Day at the Japanese Cemetery in Colma on Sunday, May 22nd.

When: Saturday, May 22nd
Time: 10:00am – Noon
Where: 1300 Hillside Blvd., Colma, CA 94014


The JCCCNC will supply, garbage bags, tools, cleaning supplies, watering buckets, drinking water, rags, bento and flowers (please bring your owns gloves)

The day will start with a brief history of the cemetery. This year represents the 150th Anniversary of the arrival of the Kanrin-Maru in San Francisco, the first ship to come to America. This event lead to the start of our Japanese American history and communities in the United States.

The Japanese Cemetery is located in the quiet town of Colma on the San Francisco Peninsula. It takes about 20 minutes from San Francisco by car. The 3-acre cemetery is the final resting place for more than 5,000 people, and the tower commemorating three crewmen from the famous ship Kanrin-Maru is there as well. In 1901, the Japanese Benevolent Society of California was established with a grant from the Meiji Emperor of Japan to provide "for the relief of sick, disabled or destitute persons of the Japanese race" in California and to provide "a suitable burial ground for deceased Japanese."

The Society performed its historic mandate over the years, assisting those in need and acquiring land in Colma, California, for a Japanese cemetery. It also served as a unifying force in the Japanese American community by bringing together the Buddhist, Shinto and Christian religious organizations, and by participating in local historical, cultural, and memorial events that honor the Japanese heritage in the United States.

To volunteer, please RSVP, by contacting the JCCCNC at (415) 567-5505.


Nakayoshi members involved with nihonmachiROOTS have been busy launching a weeklong campaign to lobby the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, to reallocate funding for the JCYC's Japantown Youth Leaders program. Find out more on how you can join in the efforts, and how important this program is to Japantown's future.


Background: Recently, JCYC was informed by the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) that the only funding allocated for youth services in Japantown will not be cut in 2010/2011, but completely eliminated. For the past 12 years, the Japantown Youth Leaders (JYL) program, formerly known as JAYS, has brought hundreds of youth to Japantown on a weekly basis to participate in community service, leadership training, and personal development. The youth who consistently support our community festivals and events such as Cherry Blossom, Nihonmachi Street Fair, and Kodomo no Hi, are current or former participants of JYL.

Why You Should Care: Despite the city’s budget crisis, other communities will still be receiving funding from DCYF. In 2010/2011, DCYF will allocate $20 million for children and youth services and has decided that Japantown is not worthy of even a small amount of those resources. This decision demonstrates a blatant disregard for our community and sets a very dangerous precedent for the future. We believe it is in the best interest of our community to collectively take a stand and make it clear that the needs of Japantown can not and will not be dismissed by the city of San Francisco.

How Can You Help: The Mayor has the discretion to restore this funding until June 1st when his office, by law must submit a budget to the Board of Supervisors. We have the rest of May to let the Mayor know that it is not acceptable for the city of San Francisco to dismiss the youth of Japantown.

Continue to check back to or visit nihonmachiROOTS' Facebook page to see how you can help us send this message to the Mayor.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's Not Too Late! Purchase SF Giant's Heritage Night Tickets Today!!!!

It's not too late to make those last minute purchases for SF Giant's Tickets for Friday's game!

Make sure you come out to one of the 2 Japanese American Heritage Night's with the SF Giants! It's easy to purchase your tickets!

Call (415) 972-2298 or purchase online at and mention that you're with NAKAYOSHI YOUNG PROFESSIONALS!

And join us afterwards as we celebrate an amazing game with the rest of the Nakayoshi crew at 21st Amendment!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hyphen Magazine Release Party for Inside/Out Issue - 5/14 @ SOM Bar

Hyphen Magazine, a nationally distributed, nonprofit magazine that focuses on the Asian American community, is hosting a release party for their latest issue Inside/Out at Som Bar this Friday, May 14th. If you're not joining Nakayoshi at our monthly social at the SF Giant's Heritage Night game, definitely support this amazing publication.

Party begins at 9pm and expected to last til doors close at 2am. This release party will be a great chance to meet and mingle with fellow Hyphenites and friends. Additionally, Hyphen will have a great lineup of local DJs and live performers, food, and live art, so you don't want to miss it!

Nakayoshi has signed up this year to be a media sponsor for this year's events, so show them that we're great at spreading the word and get on down there to party with some amazing community folks.

For more questions, contact us at or contact our friends at Hyphen Magazine at

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