Events prior to Pearl Harbor

Before the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, many in the Japanese American community were aware of the growing tension between Japan and the United States. Some had been receiving news from their families overseas, while others had visited Japan and witnessed the growing militarization there. However, few thought that Japan would provoke the much larger United States into war.

Events prior to Pearl Harbor (39)

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Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 36 (ddr-densho-1000-153-36)
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Brother was drafted into the U.S. army before December 7, 1941

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those who do identify ...

Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-153-34)
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Reported to the FBI for possessing a short-wave radio before the war, listening to Japanese news reports

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar ...

Bill Hosokawa Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-129-10)
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Observations about the world climate shortly before the outbreak of World War II
Scrapbook page of newspaper clippings (ddr-densho-72-6)
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Newspaper articles, one of which is titled "Japan Seeks to Avoid U.S. Clash." From scrapbook titled "Scrapbook: 1940, 1941, Book 4." Newspaper unknown.
Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-53-14)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-53-14)
Talking with houseguest from Japan about Japan's role in World War II
Scrapbook page of newspaper clippings (ddr-densho-72-8)
doc Scrapbook page of newspaper clippings (ddr-densho-72-8)
Newspaper articles, one of which is titled "Hostile Nippon Press Quiets; 'A Last Effort'." From scrapbook titled "Scrapbook: 1940, 1941, Book 4." Newspaper unknown.
Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-42-4)
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A high school senior before the bombing of World War II

Mrs. Kurose was undergoing treatment for cancer and required frequent breaks and medication to help her with pain management.

Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-98-12)
vh Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-98-12)
Chaperoning young women on a church trip to Japan shortly before the war, being followed and questioned by police
Jim Akutsu Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-2-15)
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Foreseeing the outbreak of war and trying to volunteer for service; discrimination experiences in the National Guard and ROTC

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

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