Events prior to Pearl Harbor

Before the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, many in the Japanese American community were aware of the growing tension between Japan and the United States. Some had been receiving news from their families overseas, while others had visited Japan and witnessed the growing militarization there. However, few thought that Japan would provoke the much larger United States into war.

Events prior to Pearl Harbor (40)

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Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 36 (ddr-densho-1000-153-36)
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Brother was drafted into the U.S. army before December 7, 1941

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those who do identify themselves as ...

Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-153-34)
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Reported to the FBI for possessing a short-wave radio before the war, listening to Japanese news reports

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to ...

Bill Hosokawa Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-129-10)
vh Bill Hosokawa Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-129-10)
Observations about the world climate shortly before the outbreak of World War II
Scrapbook page of newspaper clippings (ddr-densho-72-6)
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Newspaper articles, one of which is titled "Japan Seeks to Avoid U.S. Clash." From scrapbook titled "Scrapbook: 1940, 1941, Book 4." Newspaper unknown.
Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-53-14)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-53-14)
Talking with houseguest from Japan about Japan's role in World War II
Louise Kashino Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-31-9)
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Awareness of impending war, afraid of an attack by the Japanese

For the first hour of this interview, an additional camera crew from KCTS Television was also present.

Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-53-18)
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Principal addresses curfew and other restrictions at a school assembly
Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-53-12)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-53-12)
A houseguest from Japan: foreign policy lessons and the impending war
Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-92-13)
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Family's reaction upon returning to the U.S.

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-92-10)
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Deciding to return to the U.S. as war approaches

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-92-7)
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Political climate in Japan shortly before World War II

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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