July 15, 2021 Wildfire Preparedness

Join us at 7 pm on July 15 to learn about how you can prepare for wildfire season. We will discuss air quality, excessive heat, power outages, and anything else you might have questions about regarding what you can do to get ready for wildfires.

Topic: Protecting Japantown from wildfires
Time: Jul 15, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Japantown: Safe From Hate

We are creating a volunteer community patrol program modeled after the United Peace Collaborative in San Francisco’s Chinatown. UPC was started in early 2020 by Leanna Louie to protect SF Chinatown from hate crimes. They patrol 7 days a week in the mid-afternoon to early evening.

San Jose Japantown’s seniors are most active during the mid-morning to mid-afternoon as they walk around the community to shop, get lunch or exercise.

If you are interested in finding out information about becoming a patrol volunteer, please send an email to: japantownprepared@gmail.com or leave a voice message at (408) 755-0380.

If we get enough volunteers, we’ll host a 2 hour training on how to “observe-report-record” predatory behavior. Like UPC, we’ll also help seniors if they need assistance.

March 13, 2021

Rich Saito

Covid 19 Vaccination Information

Santa Clara County healthcare providers are scheduling Covid19 vaccination appointments for county residents who are 65 and older. If you are a patient of Kaiser or Palo Alto Medical Foundation you may be able to schedule your vaccine appointment through their system. The County will vaccinate anyone regardless of healthcare provider. For information about the various health systems, go to http://www.sccfreevax.org.

To schedule a vaccine appointment, go to:


Vaccinations are being administered at several locations throughout Santa Clara County. You’ll need to select and go to a vaccination site.

This information is available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Tagalog at the websites listed above.

As more vaccine becomes available, eligibility rules will be adjusted. Check the web sites often as they are updated regularly or call (408) 970-2999 or 2-1-1.


Japantown Burglaries Sept 2020

There have been 5 commercial burglaries in Japantown during the past 3 weeks. The perpetrators throw a rock or sidewalk inspection cover through a storefront window, steal small items or change, and run away. The perpetrators have been males wearing a hooded sweatshirt or wearing a baseball cap. The victim businesses have been on Taylor and Jackson, from 4th Street to 6th Street and occur overnight.

We have alerted the SJPD night shift Officers, who have been aggressively patrolling the neighborhood. We’ve asked the Japantown Business Association to ask their members to remove/lock up money and valuable items and re-enforce their front doors/windows. We also asked the Japantown Neighborhood Association to be alert for suspicious activity during the overnight hours.

So far, our efforts have been successful; the burglaries have stopped. In order to maintain safety, we recommend on on-going Neighborhood Watch program. Please recognize our community is susceptible to burglaries, robberies, auto burglaries and assaults. If you see suspicious activity, please report it to the San Jose Police Department by calling 9-1-1. You can also text messages to 408 277-8911.

National Night Out 2020 will be on Tuesday October 6th. We encourage neighbors to step outside in the early evening and greet their neighbors so they can watch out for each other. If you would like information on crime prevention, contact the SJPD Crime Prevention Unit at 408 277-4311 or visit http://www.SJPD.org. Crime Prevention is under the Community tab.

Hazardous Air

Parts of Northern California are currently experiencing poor air quality due to fires throughout our region. Smoke from wildfires creates unhealthy air. Everyone should follow basic precautions to stay healthy. People who have respiratory conditions like asthma and COPD need to be extra careful.

Follow basic precautions for wildfire smoke and poor air quality:

  • Check air quality reports and use common sense. Air quality can change quickly. If it’s smoky, avoid outside activities.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible. Close doors and windows.
  • Set your car air conditioner to recirculate air instead of drawing in outside air.
  • Consider going somewhere with better air quality if you have symptoms from smoke that aren’t getting better.
  • Have a plan for where you’ll get care if needed, if you evacuate or leave the area. Video and phone appointments are a convenient and effective option for many care needs. Learn more about video visits.

There are some important differences between masks that protect you from smoke (N95 masks) and those that protect you and others from COVID-19.

  • Adults may benefit from using an N95 mask if they have one and must be outdoors. This helps protect you from unhealthy air. Masks must be fitted properly. Masks and cloth face coverings that help slow the spread of COVID-19 aren’t effective for smoke.
  • We don’t recommend children wear N95 masks. They aren’t made for children and may not fit properly. They won’t protect them from smoke. Masks and cloth face coverings can also obstruct breathing in babies and young children.  It’s best to keep children indoors to reduce smoke exposure.

If you have a respiratory condition like asthma or COPD, smoke can make symptoms worse or cause a flare up. In addition to the basic precautions above, be sure to:

  • Follow your asthma action plan.
  • Use your daily asthma and COPD medicines, and any allergy medicine.
  • Watch for symptoms, such as wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.

If you have an asthma or COPD flare up:

  • Use your daily asthma and COPD medicines, and any allergy medicine.
  • Use your quick-relief medicine (albuterol) as needed.
  • Try not to panic. Timely treatment at home may help prevent serious breathing problems.

Thanks to Kaiser Permanente for providing this information.

Public Safety Power Shut Off Update from PG&E

Dear Community Partner:
If severe weather threatens a portion of the electric system serving a community, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. This is known as a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).
We know how much our customers rely on electric service, and we want to work with trusted community partners like your organization to help everyone prepare for power outages in case a PSPS is required. That is why we are asking your organization to share the resources outlined below with your network, clients or members of your community to help them prepare.
For more information about any of these resources or PG&E’s other wildfire safety efforts, please visit pge.com/wildfiresafety.
PG&E Community Wildfire Safety Team