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)

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Custodial detention / A-B-C list, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rikita Honda, Terminal Island, California

345 items
Mitsue Matsui Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1008-3-6)
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FBI roundup of Japanese community leaders after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1008-5-6)
vh Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1008-5-6)
FBI visit following bombing of Pearl Harbor

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Harry Ueno Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1002-7-7)
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Being questioned by the FBI following the bombing of Pearl Harbor

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life …

Sally Shimako Nishimori Kitano Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1001-5-3)
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Memories of the FBI arrest of father

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Matsue Watanabe Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1001-9-3)
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Witnessing FBI's arrest of father, visiting him in the immigration building
Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-10)
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Returning to school after Pearl Harbor: classmates "turned against me"; father taken in FBI raid

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Lily Kajiwara Interview Segment 7 (ddr-manz-1-105-7)
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FBI ransacking of family home after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Mary Suzuki Ichino Interview I Segment 18 (ddr-manz-1-51-18)
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Hearing of homes being searched by the FBI: "There was an awful lot of hysteria"
Mas Okabe Interview Segment 8 (ddr-manz-1-131-8)
vh Mas Okabe Interview Segment 8 (ddr-manz-1-131-8)
Father's arrest by the FBI after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Akiko Okuno Interview Segment 15 (ddr-manz-1-133-15)
vh Akiko Okuno Interview Segment 15 (ddr-manz-1-133-15)
Hearing about arrests within the Japanese American community after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Joyce Okazaki Interview II Segment 1 (ddr-manz-1-146-1)
vh Joyce Okazaki Interview II Segment 1 (ddr-manz-1-146-1)
Hearing about grandfather's arrest after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Miyoko Uzaki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-manz-1-156-10)
vh Miyoko Uzaki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-manz-1-156-10)
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, remembering arrests of community leaders
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