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.

World War II (66)
Pearl Harbor and aftermath (97)
Arrest, searches, and seizures (336)

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336 items
Yuri Kochiyama Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-257-4)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while teaching Sunday school; father's arrest by the FBI
Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-138-3)
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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 ...

Mako Nakagawa Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-66-7)
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A child's memories of the FBI pick-up and detention of father
Cookie Takeshita Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-465-8)
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Hearing of families where the father was arrested by the FBI
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-12-31)
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FBI pick-up of Issei creates panic after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Mako Nakagawa Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-66-8)
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Mother's strength in father's absence during preparation for mass removal
Mako Nakagawa Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-66-6)
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FBI search of family home, men running their hands through the rice
Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-168-9)
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Hearing the news of Pearl Harbor bombing while in church choir rehearsal
Lillian Nakano Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-254-7)
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Father's pickup by the FBI, leaving for a camp on the mainland to be reunited
Tom Matsuoka Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-47-22)
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Being picked up by the FBI and detained by the INS after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Sam Ogo Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-193-13)
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Hearing rumors after the bombing of Pearl Harbor; destroying so-called 'contraband' items

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Minoru Tajii Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-394-16)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Father's arrest by the FBI

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 ...

Fumiko M. Noji Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-72-25)
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Speculating on FBI's decision to pick up and detain husband after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Yae Aihara Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-221-6)
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Father's arrest by the FBI on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed
Frank Kitamoto Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-35-6)
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Father's arrest by FBI: speculating on possible reasons
Frank S. Fujii Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-8-8)
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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.

Esther Takei Nishio Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-370-6)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor; father's arrest by the FBI

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 ...

Cedrick M. Shimo Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-260-15)
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Hearing about the FBI arrest of father while in basic training

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 ...

Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-112-13)
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FBI arrests Buddhist ministers from the Temple, including husband, Reverend Ichikawa (Japanese language)

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

Toshio Moritsugu Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-318-17)
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Father's arrest and detention by the FBI

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.

Ramsay Yosuke Mori Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-316-10)
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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 Interior.

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