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 (54)
Pearl Harbor and aftermath (95)
Arrest, searches, and seizures (334)

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

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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.

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

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 ...

Fumiko Hayashida Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-15-12)
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Family's response to FBI pick-up; preparing for mass removal
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.

Rae Takekawa Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-89-14)
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Visiting father detained at the Immigration and Naturalization Service office
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
John Kats Marumoto Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-322-12)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father's arrest by the FBI

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 ...

William Hohri Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-264-3)
vh William Hohri Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-264-3)
Witnessing father's arrest by the FBI: "it was just very intense"
Bill Nishimura Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-119-3)
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Father picked up by FBI, detained at federal detention center in Lordsburg, New Mexico

This interview took place at the 2000 Tule Lake Pilgrimage in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Misa Taketa Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-436-9)
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A farm employee visits father at the immigration station on behalf of the family
Misa Taketa Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-436-7)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a search of home by the county sheriff
Jane Komeiji Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-406-11)
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The aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor: being visited by the FBI

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Ayako Murakami - Masako Murakami Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-63-11)
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Being questioned by the FBI and released: one issei's response to the question of loyalty
Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-135-10)
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Tosh's memory of father's love of early movie cameras, and discussion of items taken by the FBI during wartime raid
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