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

334 items
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
Tom Matsuoka Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-47-22)
vh Tom Matsuoka Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-47-22)
Being picked up by the FBI and detained by the INS after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
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
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
Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 44 (ddr-densho-1000-118-44)
vh Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 44 (ddr-densho-1000-118-44)
Hearing stories of FBI searches and arrests

During this interview, Mrs. Kurosu alternately speaks in both English and Japanese. As a result, the English translation of the transcript contains [Jpn.] and [Eng.], which indicate whether the original dialogue was spoken in Japanese or English.

Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-12-31)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-12-31)
FBI pick-up of Issei creates panic after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-53-17)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-53-17)
FBI seizure of weapons and radio equipment after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Yuri Kochiyama Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-257-4)
vh Yuri Kochiyama Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-257-4)
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while teaching Sunday school; father's arrest by the FBI
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 ...

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.

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.

Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-138-3)
vh Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-138-3)
Memories of FBI raid on family home on December 7, 1941

William Toshio Yasutake was interviewed together with his sister Mitsuye (Yasutake) Yamada and surviving brother, Joseph Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. He was interviewed individually on November 14, 2002.

Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake siblings had planned to conduct their ...

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 ...

Frank S. Fujii Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-8-8)
vh Frank S. Fujii Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-8-8)
A child's memories of father's arrest and detention following the attack on Pearl Harbor

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

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
Ramsay Yosuke Mori Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-316-10)
vh Ramsay Yosuke Mori Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-316-10)
FBI arrest of parents, grandfather and older brother

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 ...

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 ...
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