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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Jane Komeiji Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-406-11)
vh Jane Komeiji Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-406-11)
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)
vh Ayako Murakami - Masako Murakami Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-63-11)
Being questioned by the FBI and released: one issei's response to the question of loyalty
Seiko Edamatsu Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-195-15)
vh Seiko Edamatsu Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-195-15)
Community and family responses to the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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.

June Takahashi Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-88-12)
vh June Takahashi Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-88-12)
Speculating on reasons for father's arrest following Pearl Harbor
June Takahashi Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-88-14)
vh June Takahashi Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-88-14)
Seeing one's father in jail; shame, embarrassment, and regret
June Takahashi Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-88-10)
vh June Takahashi Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-88-10)
Incarceration of men, women, and children in Petersburg, Alaska jail
Gene Akutsu Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-1-7)
vh Gene Akutsu Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-1-7)
Memories of father's arrest by FBI, subsequent detention, family separation, and preparation for removal
Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-68-12)
vh Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-68-12)
FBI officers erroneously believe a Buddhist shrine contains a shortwave radio
Margaret Junko Morita Hiratsuka Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-342-9)
vh Margaret Junko Morita Hiratsuka Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-342-9)
Home and business searched by FBI on December 7, 1941

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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.

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
Mas Akiyama Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-188-17)
vh Mas Akiyama Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-188-17)
Memories of Isseis' arrest by FBI during a wedding on 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.

Yuriko Hohri Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-353-9)
vh Yuriko Hohri Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-353-9)
Father's arrest by the FBI

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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

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vh James "Turk" Suzuki Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-204-11)
Visiting father after his arrest by FBI and asking guard, "What sort of justice is this?"
Yukiko Miyake Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-49-25)
vh Yukiko Miyake Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-49-25)
Feelings of resentment toward the FBI after a neighbor's arrest: "He was just a harmless old man..."
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