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.

Arrest, searches, and seizures (329)

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Tom Akashi Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-164-11)
vh Tom Akashi Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-164-11)
Father's arrest by the FBI: targeted because of childhood friendship with Japanese admiral
Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 44 (ddr-densho-1000-118-44)
vh Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 44 (ddr-densho-1000-118-44)
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.

Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-12-31)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-12-31)
FBI pick-up of Issei creates panic after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-53-17)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-53-17)
FBI seizure of weapons and radio equipment after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Yuri Kochiyama Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-257-4)
vh Yuri Kochiyama Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-257-4)
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while teaching Sunday school; father's arrest by the FBI
Haruye Murakami Hagiwara Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-284-16)
vh Haruye Murakami Hagiwara Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-284-16)
Father's arrest by a Japanese American police officer

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 ...

Masao Watanabe Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-103-14)
vh Masao Watanabe Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-103-14)
Coping with FBI's arrest of father

At the time this interview was taped, Mr. Watanabe was recovering from a recent series of cancer treatments.

Masao Watanabe Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-103-13)
vh Masao Watanabe Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-103-13)
Father's arrest by FBI, impact on the family

At the time this interview was taped, Mr. Watanabe was recovering from a recent series of cancer treatments.

Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-138-3)
vh Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-138-3)
Memories of FBI raid on family home on December 7, 1941

William Toshio Yasutake was interviewed together with his sister Mitsuye (Yasutake) Yamada and surviving brother, Joseph Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. He was interviewed individually on November 14, 2002.

Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake siblings had planned to conduct their ...

Masamizu Kitajima Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-287-15)
vh Masamizu Kitajima Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-287-15)
Enduring harassment by the FBI after father's arrest

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 ...

Frank S. Fujii Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-8-8)
vh Frank S. Fujii Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-8-8)
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.

Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 42 (ddr-densho-1000-135-42)
vh Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 42 (ddr-densho-1000-135-42)
FBI raids family home on December 7, 1941, a frightening experience for mother and children
Ramsay Yosuke Mori Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-316-10)
vh Ramsay Yosuke Mori Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-316-10)
FBI arrest of parents, grandfather and older brother

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 ...

Case file for Keizaburo Koyama from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Page 5 of 6. (ddr-one-5-102)
doc Case file for Keizaburo Koyama from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Page 5 of 6. (ddr-one-5-102)
Photocopy of a declassified report on Keizaburo Koyama's sworn statement to Inspector Clarence J. Wise. The report states Koyama's biographical history and physical measurements. It lists his entry date to the United States as December 31, 1914. He states that he is a member of the Portland Chamber of Commerce and the Japanese Methodist ...
Envelope to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-17)
White air mail envelope with a red, white and blue border. The envelope is addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston. Sender information written in the upper left corner as "Mrs. Kei Koyama/No 16109 sec. 3-D-10/Japanese Assembly Center/N. Portland, Oregon." Postmarked June 23, 1942. Two additional dates handwritten below the postmark: "June ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-47)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, in Minidoka. Postmarked Mar 8, 1943. In red pencil “Mar 19,1943” is written next to the postmark. In the upper right corner “Internee of War/Free Mail” is written in black ink. Along the left edge of the envelope is clear ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough (ddr-one-5-49)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Camp Livingston from A.C. Goodenough (Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough) in Portland. Postmarked Mar 29, 1943. In place of postage “Internee of War mail/Free” is written in the upper right corner. Written on the left side of the postmark is “4/9-43” in red pencil. Along the left ...
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