From 1943 to 1946, over 20,000 Japanese Americans applied to leave the United States for Japan in a process called "repatriation" (for Issei as non-citizens) or "expatriation" (for Nisei as citizens). Some Issei considered repatriation preferable to remaining in a country that had long discriminated against them. For Nisei, who had rarely been to Japan, expatriation meant renouncing their U.S. citizenship. Some were pressured to do so by family members or extremists; others were bitter about their mistreatment by the government. In total, only 4,724 ended up leaving for Japan directly from the camps and many eventually returned to the U.S. Nearly all Nisei who wanted to were able to regain their citizenship, although the process was long and difficult.

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Gene Akutsu Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-1-35)
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Deciding between being considered a "repatriate" or an "expatriate"
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-263-6)
Making the decision to help renunciants regain their U.S. citizenship

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Tom Akashi Interview Segment 37 (ddr-densho-1000-164-37)
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Witnessing the frenzy of people applying to renounce their U.S. citizenship
Sarah Sato Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-81-28)
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Treatment by Japanese citizens while living in Japan during the U.S. occupation
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-148-31)
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Stopping in Goa, India, to board the Japanese troop ship Teiya maru; memories of terrible food, Japanese language classes
Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-154-32)
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Disembarking in Japan: staying behind at the port to help unload baggage