Arrest, searches, and seizures

Many Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) can vividly recall their fathers being hauled off by FBI agents to unidentified destinations for an unknown duration. Not surprisingly, anxiety and uncertainty spread quickly after Pearl Harbor. Many precious heirlooms were burned by families wanting to rid themselves of any connection to Japan. FBI agents raided Japanese American homes, confiscating short wave radios, cameras, and books. With the systematic removal of Issei (first-generation) leaders, the Nisei -- children and teenagers for the most part -- were abruptly asked to represent the larger group as well as their own families. They found themselves translating FBI and military orders for their parents and helping to keep family businesses going.

World War II (66)
Pearl Harbor and aftermath (112)
Arrest, searches, and seizures (345)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Custodial detention / A-B-C list, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rikita Honda, Terminal Island, California

345 items
Tom Matsuoka Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-47-22)
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Being picked up by the FBI and detained by the INS after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Sam Ogo Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-193-13)
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Hearing rumors after the bombing of Pearl Harbor; destroying so-called 'contraband' items

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Minoru Tajii Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-394-16)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Father's arrest by the FBI

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Fumiko M. Noji Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-72-25)
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Speculating on FBI's decision to pick up and detain husband after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Frank S. Fujii Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-8-8)
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A child's memories of father's arrest and detention following the attack on Pearl Harbor

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

Esther Takei Nishio Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-370-6)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor; father's arrest by the FBI

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Cedrick M. Shimo Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-260-15)
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Hearing about the FBI arrest of father while in basic training

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Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-112-13)
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FBI arrests Buddhist ministers from the Temple, including husband, Reverend Ichikawa (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Toshio Moritsugu Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-318-17)
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Father's arrest and detention by the FBI

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Ramsay Yosuke Mori Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-316-10)
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FBI arrest of parents, grandfather and older brother

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Susumu Oshima Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-283-13)
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Visiting father at the Kiliauea Military Camp

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Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 44 (ddr-densho-1000-118-44)
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Hearing stories of FBI searches and arrests

During this interview, Mrs. Kurosu alternately speaks in both English and Japanese. As a result, the English translation of the transcript contains [Jpn.] and [Eng.], which indicate whether the original dialogue was spoken in Japanese or English.

Rae Takekawa Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-89-14)
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Visiting father detained at the Immigration and Naturalization Service office
Sumi Okamoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-192-11)
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Wedding day: December 7, 1941

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-290-12)
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Seeing other families affected by FBI arrests, evacuation of Terminal Island

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Aya Uenishi Medrud Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-213-8)
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Father's pick-up by the FBI: taking belongings to him but not being allowed to see him
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