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 (334)

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

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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

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.

Misa Taketa Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-436-9)
vh Misa Taketa Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-436-9)
A farm employee visits father at the immigration station on behalf of the family
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
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
Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-135-10)
vh Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-135-10)
Tosh's memory of father's love of early movie cameras, and discussion of items taken by the FBI during wartime raid
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.

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 the Interior.

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 Church, but ...
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 23-42" and "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 tape that ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from William Koyama (ddr-one-5-39)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his son William Koyama at Minidoka. Postmarked Oct 7, 1942. In red pencil “Oct. 10, 1942” is written below the postmark. On the front of the envelope is a purple stamp that reads “Censored/Camp Livingston/Interment Camp.” Inside is a letter, dated October 5, 1942. William writes ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-45)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, at Minidoka. Postmarked Dec 8, 1942. There is clear tape along the whole left edge. Japanese is written on the left side of the envelope. On the back of the envelope is a purple "RECEIVED" stamp with the date Jan 24, 1943. ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from T. Sumi (ddr-one-5-74)
Envelope addressed to Dr. K. Koyama at the Santa Fe Detention Station from T. Sumi at Heart Mountain. It is postmarked on Dec 6, 1943. A tear is visible on the right side of the envelope below the stamp. Inside the envelope is a letter in Japanese dated December 4th. In the lower left corner is ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-53)
Yellowed envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, in Minidoka. Envelope is postmarked Apr 23, 1943, with “Internee of War/Free Mail” handwritten in the upper right corner. Written in red pencil is "5/4/43." Along the left edge of the envelope is clear tape with the number 389, and on ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from William Koyama (ddr-one-5-64)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Santa Fe Detention Center from his son, William Koyama, at Minidoka. Envelope is postmarked August 3, 1943. In red pencil "8/10-43" is written above the receiver's information. The letter from William Koyama is yellowed and water-damaged. At the bottom of the letter is an "EXAMINED" stamp with unknown initals. ...
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 edge of the ...
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