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

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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.

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 histories ...

Taketora Jim Tanaka Interview Segment 8 (ddr-manz-1-50-8)
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Dealing with restrictions following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Yoji J. Matsushima Interview Segment 5 (ddr-one-7-54-5)
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Coping with father's arrest after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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 ...

Gus Tanaka Interview Segment 3 (ddr-one-7-67-3)
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An upsetting visit by the FBI after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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 ...

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
George Iseri Interview Segment 16 (ddr-one-7-40-16)
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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 Department of the Interior.

Lury Sato Interview Segment 5 (ddr-one-7-6-5)
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Father's arrest by the FBI after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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 ...

Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-12-31)
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FBI pick-up of Issei creates panic after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-53-17)
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FBI seizure of weapons and radio equipment after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Yuri Kochiyama Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-257-4)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while teaching Sunday school; father's arrest by the FBI
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.

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
Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-138-3)
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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 ...

Ramsay Yosuke Mori Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-316-10)
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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 ...

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.

Haruye Murakami Hagiwara Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-284-16)
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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 ...

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
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