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 (113)

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Sarah Sato Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-81-24)
vh Sarah Sato Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-81-24)
Deciding to renounce U.S. citizenship, separating the family
Minoru Kiyota Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-36-9)
vh Minoru Kiyota Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-36-9)
Description of FBI interrogation in camp, and impact on response to the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"

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 ...

Letter from D.F. Goggin, Motor Officer, to the American Consul, Yokohama, Japan, April 18, 1951 (ddr-csujad-12-5)
doc Letter from D.F. Goggin, Motor Officer, to the American Consul, Yokohama, Japan, April 18, 1951 (ddr-csujad-12-5)
This letter confirms that Tsugitada Kanamori has worked for D.F. Goggin since June 1946 at the time this letter was written and has been a model employee. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tsu_01_01_005
Request for certificate [English translation] (ddr-csujad-12-13)
doc Request for certificate [English translation] (ddr-csujad-12-13)
English translation of the certificate. The original certificate in Japanese is found in item: csudh_tsu_0012. This certificate was requested by Tsugitada Kanamori, addressed to Nakao Ito, the Mayor of Yokohama City Naka Ward, to certify that Yoshiro Okubo is a welfare commissioner at Bojyo-kai Fifth District. Nakao Ito certifies that the information provided, namely that Yoshiro ...
Affidavit in Japanese (ddr-csujad-12-1)
doc Affidavit in Japanese (ddr-csujad-12-1)
An affidavit written by Kobayashi Trading Company in Tokyo to the Mayor of Yokohama City Naka Ward. It confirms that Tsugitada Kanamori used the Kobayashi Trading Company as a Tokyo office from January 1, 1953 through December 31, 1953. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tsu_01_01_001
Letter from Wayne M. Collins to Tsugitada Kanamori, May 13, 1958 (ddr-csujad-12-9)
doc Letter from Wayne M. Collins to Tsugitada Kanamori, May 13, 1958 (ddr-csujad-12-9)
This letter refers to the court proceedings in item: csudh_tsu_0010. The letter reiterates the court decision that Tsugitada Kanamori's renunciation of his citizenship as a result of "fear, coercion, and duress," will be canceled and therefore confirming that Kanamori remains a citizen of the United States. Collins adds that the transmittal letter can be taken ...
Certification of health care provider [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-12-15)
doc Certification of health care provider [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-12-15)
The document issued by Toshiko Takahashi, M.D., Minato Minami Hospital, describes Tsugitada Kanamori's health condition and medical records. He was diagnosed with Bronchial Asthma and received the treatments for a month from April 1950. English translation of this document is found in item: csudh_tsu_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American ...
Copy of census register [English translation] (ddr-csujad-12-22)
doc Copy of census register [English translation] (ddr-csujad-12-22)
English translation of the census information for Tsugitada Kanamori. The original document in Japanese is found in item: csudh_tsu_0023. It includes information about his birth date of September 7, 1922, his birth place, the city of Port Hueneme in Oxnard just north of Los Angeles, as well as information about the marriage to his wife, Kazuko ...
Medical certificate [for Tsugitada Kanamori, English translation] (ddr-csujad-12-14)
doc Medical certificate [for Tsugitada Kanamori, English translation] (ddr-csujad-12-14)
English translation of medical certificate for Tsugitada Kanamori. The original certificate in Japanese is found in item: csudh_tsu_0015. This medical certificate, issued by Toshiko Takahashi, M.D., Konan Hospital, confirms that Tsugitada Kanamori has bronchial asthma and has received treatment. The translator is Henry Tanisaki, Manager, Japan Chemical Service. See this object in the California State ...
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, May 31, 1993 (ddr-csujad-24-94)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, May 31, 1993 (ddr-csujad-24-94)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin. Also included is a letter to Weglyn and a letter written by Eji Suyama to Pacific Citizen about Japanese American draft resisters during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_07_011
Supplemental affidavit to be submitted with applications of Japanese
doc Supplemental affidavit to be submitted with applications of Japanese "renunciants" (ddr-csujad-24-86)
An affidavit prepared by Jitsushige Tsuha (Reverend Kenjitsu Jitsushige Tsuha) for the Immigration and Naturalization Service requesting that his citizenship and accompanying civil rights be restored. In these documents Tsuha argues that he was forced at gunpoint to sign forms renouncing his citizenship at the Tule Lake incarceration camp and did not realize what he was ...
The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 1 (January 4, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-111)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 1 (January 4, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-111)
Selected article titles: "Fire Destroys Tri-State Gym New Year's Eve" (p. 1), "Renunciant Hearings to Begin Next Week" (p. 1), and "In Los Angeles Area: Use of Hostels Instead of FPHA Projects Urged" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 28 (September 7, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-34)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 28 (September 7, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-34)
Selected article titles: "LA Police Drops Judo Training from Curriculum" (pp. 1-2), "Response Favorable on Job Termination Policy" (p. 1), and "Renunciation Bill Under Review--Myer" (p. 1).
The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 2 (January 11, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-112)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 2 (January 11, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-112)
Selected article titles: "Hearing Registration Still Open-Rothstein" (p. 1), "More Resettlers Sought by Arkansas Plantation" (p. 2), "Many Recent Resettlers Now in Northern Calif." (p. 3), and "Alien ID Card Rules Revoked" (p. 3).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 82 (October 2, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-144)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 82 (October 2, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-144)
"Renunciants Will Receive Rights in "49" (pg. 1), "JACL's Aides, Ennis to Sift Claims Method" (pg. 1)
Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-263-6)
Making the decision to help renunciants regain their U.S. citizenship

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Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-263-15)
The impact of the Goodman decision

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.

Minoru Kiyota Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-36-11)
vh Minoru Kiyota Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-36-11)
Two key supporters in renouncing U.S. citizenship: Marvin Opler and Wayne Collins's work on behalf of renunciants

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 ...

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