Economic losses

The economic and emotional toll associated with the uprooting of Japanese Americans from their homes and businesses was enormous. The cost was especially high for the issei (first-generation immigrants), who had worked most of their lives to establish financial security for themselves and their children. Many Japanese Americans bitterly recall being forced to sell property, personal belongings, and business equipment for a fraction of their value to opportunistic scavengers. Evacuees could take only what they could carry. They left behind heirlooms, cherished toys, and family pets. Farmers continued to work for a harvest they would never see, told it would be "disloyal" to stop. The bustling Nihonmachis (Japantowns) of the West Coast closed down and never fully recovered, even after the war ended.

Economic losses (196)

196 items
Evacuation claims settlement sheet (ddr-densho-25-65)
doc Evacuation claims settlement sheet (ddr-densho-25-65)
Under the Japanese American Evacuation Claims Act, Matahichi Iseri claimed $246 in damages from losses due to World War II. In 1952, the Justice Department awarded him a compromise settlement of $226. He was fortunate to receive an amount so close to his original claim, since many Japanese Americans received much less.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 6 (August 11, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-32)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 53, No. 6 (August 11, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-32)
Selected article titles: "JACL Urges Vested Property Bill Be Reported by House" (p. 1), "Northwest Picture: 12th Seafair Sails into Sunset" (p. 2), and "PSWDC Delegates Hear Progress Report of Issei Story Project, Simple Questionnaires for Issei Made Available" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 61 (July 30, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-228)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 61 (July 30, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-228)
"130 Strandees Ask Re-Entry, JCCA Reports" (p. 1), "Justice Department Unit Aide Outlines How Its L.A. Office Will Process the Claims" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 45 (May 26, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-113)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 45 (May 26, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-113)
"Seven Witnesses Testify in Favor of Evacuation Claims Legislation" (p. 1), "Jackson St. Council Elects Ten to Executive Council at Meet" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 77 (October 21, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-64)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 77 (October 21, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-64)
"California Bars Alien Japanese From Commercial Fishing" (p. 1), "Acheson to Participate in Oyama Land Case" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 48 (June 15, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-215)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 48 (June 15, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-215)
"Economy-Minded Solons Pass Over Funds Set Aside for Claims" (p. 1), "House OK's ENI Legislation; Senate Unit Will Study It" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 55 (July 9, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-222)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 55 (July 9, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-222)
"Hawaii Governor Promises to Do What He Can to Push ENI Bill" (p. 1), "Claims Office Due to Open" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 103 (December 15, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-164)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 103 (December 15, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-164)
"JACL Seeks Riders for Trading Act" (p. 1), "JACL-ADC Pushes Move to Extend Soldier Brides' Legislation" (p. 1), "Chicago Unit Told of Bias in Cemeteries" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 27 (March 24, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-97)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 27 (March 24, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-97)
"Nisei War Memorial Drive Keeps on Rolling Along" (p. 1), "Top Court in Nation to Rule on Validity of Calif. Fish Code Barring "Ineligible Aliens" (p. 1), "Money to Fight Nisei Revealed" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 46 (July 1, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-34)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 46 (July 1, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-34)
"House Will Get Claims Board Measure Soon" (p. 1), "House to Study H.R. 3555" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 4 (January 14, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-3)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 4 (January 14, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-3)
"Sees Complications in Return of Nisei Stranded in Japan" (p. 1), "Anti-Bias Group Eyes Removal of Race Restrictions" (p. 1), "Aliens Now May Apply for Business" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 104 (December 18, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-165)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 104 (December 18, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-165)
"Demo Leader OK's Rights Legislation" (p. 1), "Settlement Nears for Peru Japanese Stranded in U.S., Masaoka Reports" (p. 1), "B.C. to Continue Evacuee Aid" (p. 1), "Claims Queries and Replies" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 76 (October 17, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-63)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 76 (October 17, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-63)
"First Nisei War Dead to Arrive Late in 1948, JACL is Informed" (p. 1), "Canadian Property Owners Agree to Evacuation Loss Terms" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 81 (October 11, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-249)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 81 (October 11, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-249)
"Dual Citizens May Get Vested Property Back" (p. 1), "Story of 442nd Another Hollywood Step to Combat Racial, Religious Prejudice" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 38 (May 1, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-106)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 38 (May 1, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-106)
"2,300 Nisei Renunciants Regain "Lost' Citizenship; Judge Scores Government Handling of Cases" (p. 1), "Hearings on Evacuation Claims Legislation Due Early Part of This Month, JACL-ADC Reports" (p. 1),
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 81 (September 29, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-143)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 81 (September 29, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-143)
"Lawyers Tell What We Can Ask For Loss" (p. 1), "$2,650 Set as "Fair Share' of Jackson Street Area in 1949 Community Chest Push" (p. 1), "Text of Complaint Filed Against "Tokyo Rose' in Oct. 7 Treason Trial" (p. 4)
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 2 (January 5, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-169)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 2 (January 5, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-169)
"Truman Shows Interest in Rights Bill" (p. 1), "Pa. Solon Vows to Present Measure for Equality in Naturalization" (p. 1).
Father and son in front of store (ddr-densho-151-272)
img Father and son in front of store (ddr-densho-151-272)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Dave Tatsuno and his father, merchants of Japanese ancestry in San Francisco prior to evacuation.
Sign advertising household goods (ddr-densho-151-318)
img Sign advertising household goods (ddr-densho-151-318)
Original caption: Sacramento, California. Preparations are being made for evacuation two days hence of all residents of Japanese ancestry from this city.
Farmer preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-269)
img Farmer preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-269)
Original caption: Woodland, California. Tenant farmer of Japanese ancestry who has just completed settlement of their affairs and everything is packed ready for evacuation on the following morning to an assembly center.
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