Renunciation of citizenship

During World War II, 5,589 American citizens of Japanese descent renounced their U.S. citizenship. The renunciations took place between December 1944 and July 1945, mostly in Tule Lake concentration camp, California. The vast majority of renunciations had little to do with "disloyalty" to the U.S., but instead were the result of a series of complex conditions and events that were beyond the control of those involved. After a legal battle, most renunciants had their U.S. citizenship restored in the 1960s.

Renunciation of citizenship (115)

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The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 75 (October 14, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-62)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 75 (October 14, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-62)
"Two Seek Citizenship Restoration Under Judge Cavanaugh's Ruling" (p. 1), "Jackson Street District Reports 156 Per Cent of Quota in 1947 Drive" (p. 1), "B.C. Official Protest Race Restrictions" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 72 (August 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-134)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 72 (August 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-134)
"One of These Pretty Girls Will Be "Miss JACL' of 1948. Nine Girls Seek JACL Queen Title" (pg. 1), "Gov. Maw of Utah Will Join in National JACL Conclave" (pg. 1), "New Names Delay Renunciant Cases. Extension Granted" (pg. 2), "MacArthur Aide Sure Nisei GI Shortened War in Pacific" (pg. 4)
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),
Two memos regarding Manzanar concentration camp, California (ddr-densho-67-14)
doc Two memos regarding Manzanar concentration camp, California (ddr-densho-67-14)
The subject of these memos is the identification of suspected pro-Japanese individuals.
Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-154-23)
vh Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-154-23)
Procedures involved in renouncing U.S. citizenship and preparing for expatriation to Japan: changing family name
Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-263-7)
Helping to organize lawsuits for renunciants to regain their U.S. citizenship

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 ...

Minoru Kiyota Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-36-10)
vh Minoru Kiyota Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-36-10)
Decision and impact of renouncing U.S. citizenship

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Tule Lake Pilgrimage held at Klamath Falls, Oregon and at the site of Tule Lake incarceration camp in California. Given the limited time available during this event, the length and breadth of this interview are shorter than other Densho interviews.

Minoru Kiyota Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-36-13)
vh Minoru Kiyota Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-36-13)
Restoration of U.S. citizenship, a ten-year legal effort by Wayne Collins

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Tule Lake Pilgrimage held at Klamath Falls, Oregon and at the site of Tule Lake incarceration camp in California. Given the limited time available during this event, the length and breadth of this interview are shorter than other ...

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-165-35)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-165-35)
Reflections: speaking for the first time about resister and renunciation experiences
Letter from D.F. Goggin, Motor Officer, April 5, 1950 (ddr-csujad-12-4)
doc Letter from D.F. Goggin, Motor Officer, April 5, 1950 (ddr-csujad-12-4)
In this letter, D.F. Goggin, Motor Officer, affirms that Tsugitada Kanamori was employed by his organization starting June 8, 1946 and was still employed there at the time this letter was written. He remarks that Kanamori is a loyal and honest employee and recommends him for any position. See this object in the California State Universities ...
Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-432-34)
vh Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-432-34)
Being contacted by Wayne Collins regarding restoration of U.S. citizenship (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview. 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 ...

Letter regarding cancellation of renunciation of citizenship (ddr-densho-254-5)
doc Letter regarding cancellation of renunciation of citizenship (ddr-densho-254-5)
Letter and legal documents from Wayne M. Collins informing Senichiro Takeda that his renunciation of citizenship was cancelled and that he has been declared a native born citizen of the United States.
The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 8 (February 21, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-121)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 8 (February 21, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-121)
Selected article titles: "Relocation: Tuleans; Relocation Co-Operation Lauded" (pp. 1-2), "Mails Must be Sent Direct to Washington" (p. 1), and "Seabrook Farms Offer Financial Assistance" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 3 (January 18, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-113)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 3 (January 18, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-113)
Selected article titles: "Holland: Relocation Plans for All Free People Made" (p. 1), "Clarify Rules Regarding Alien Registration" (p. 1), "Southern Pacific Railroad Looking for More Workers" (p. 2), and "Student Relocation Council Services Offered Students" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 7 (February 15, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-56)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 7 (February 15, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-56)
Selected article titles: "Dept. of Justice: Status of Renunciants Defined by Rothestein" (pp. 1-2), "WRA Closes Quarters of Hoshi, Hokoku Seinen Dan" (pp. 1-2), "Excludees Now Able to Relocated East and South" (p. 2), and "Contact with Japan Through Red Cross" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 41 (May 12, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-109)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 41 (May 12, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-109)
"Paint the Town Clean" (p. 1), "JACL-ADC Hails U.S. Decision on Restrictive Covenants" (p. 1), "Ruling on Eisler Case to Affect U.S. Aliens Facing Deportation" (p. 1), "Final Word on "Citizens' Due July 29" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 59 (August 19, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-46)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 59 (August 19, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-46)
"Japanese Canadians Slate Parley in Toronto" (p. 1), "JACL Should Help Nisei Businesses Instead of Lobbying in Capitol, Says Dr. Kunitomo in Visit Here" (p. 1), "Court Stands Pat on Ruling: Release U.S. Renunciants" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 66 (September 12, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-53)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 66 (September 12, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-53)
"Citizenship Rights Restored to 4 Nisei Renunciants" (p.1), "ACLU Aide Lauds JACL-ADC Work" (p. 1), "What They Say About Canada's Quiz of Japanese Evacuation Losses" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 7 (August 17, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 7 (August 17, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-33)
Selected article titles: "Congressman Cites Masaoka Letter on Restriction of Japan Imports" (p. 1), "Demo platform chairman lauds nisei loyalty" (p. 1), "Army to Curtail Japanese Language at Presidio School" (p. 1), "$187,000 for evacuation claims payment approved for 28 recipients" (p. 1), "Citizenship restoration policy for Tule Lake renunciants established" (p. 2), "College extension course ...
Kenji Maruko Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1010-8-24)
vh Kenji Maruko Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1010-8-24)
Separated from family and sent to Santa Fe

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.

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1002-4-14)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1002-4-14)
Decision to renounce U.S. citizenship

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, instead primarily focusing on issues ...

Bill Nishimura Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-119-8)
vh Bill Nishimura Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-119-8)
Decision to renounce U.S. citizenship: "We really didn't have any choice"; forming the Hoshidan, moving to Santa Fe internment camp, New Mexico; a chaotic incident with the border-patrol

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

Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-263-5)
Advising people not to renounce their citizenship

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.

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