Critical Look at What Is Happening in Japan on ‘Apex Express’

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BERKELEY — “Apex Express,” a weekly program on Asian Pacific and Asian Pacific American issues, will focus tonight (April 21) on the situation in Japan.

The show is broadcast Thursdays at 7 p.m. on 94.1 FM KPFA or streaming at www.kpfa.org. The audio archive will be available starting on Friday at http://www.apexexpress.org.

Hiroshi Fukurai is a sociology professor at UC Santa Cruz. He’s originally from Sendai, near the epicenter of the monstrous 9.0 earthquake last month, and where many of his family still reside. He will talk about the nuclear power system in Japan, the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s heavy hand on the media, and Japan’s recent passage of an Internet surveillance act.

Haruki Eda of the Japan Multicultural Relief Fund will discuss an overlooked population in Japan, the ethnic minorities —  how they have fared in the wake of the disaster and what challenges they have faced in accessing relief aid.

For National Poetry Month, “Apex Express” will welcome poet and emcee Colin Masashi Ehara, aka “Senbei.”

Finally, Jason Jong talks about “We Are One Island,” a Japan relief concert and auction taking place at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center this Saturday. Performers include Senbei, Purple Moon Dance Project, and Dirty Boots, and it will be emceed by Kara Tsuboi of the Oakland A’s.

To sign up for the “Apex Express” podcast, visit the iTunes store of go to the show’s website and click on “subscribe.”

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