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 (54)
Pearl Harbor and aftermath (95)
Arrest, searches, and seizures (334)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Custodial detention / A-B-C list, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rikita Honda, Terminal Island, California

334 items
Transcript of internment hearing (ddr-densho-314-1)
doc Transcript of internment hearing (ddr-densho-314-1)
Besides the transcript of the internment hearing, this document also includes Kasuichi Takanishi's warrant of arrest.
Taketora Jim Tanaka Interview Segment 8 (ddr-manz-1-50-8)
vh Taketora Jim Tanaka Interview Segment 8 (ddr-manz-1-50-8)
Dealing with restrictions following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Roger Daniels Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1012-17-5)
vh Roger Daniels Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1012-17-5)
FBI arrests and the effect on the Japanese American community (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

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 ...

Grace F. Oshita Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1013-4-8)
vh Grace F. Oshita Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1013-4-8)
Difficulties after father's pickup by FBI; preparing for mass removal
Nelson Takeo Akagi Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1013-2-12)
vh Nelson Takeo Akagi Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1013-2-12)
Family's fears that father would be arrested by the FBI: "Dad was petrified"
Kazuo Shiroyama Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1011-6-2)
vh Kazuo Shiroyama Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1011-6-2)
Father and other Issei arrested by the FBI after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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 ...

Kay Uno Kaneko - Hana Shepard - Mae Matsuzaki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1007-8-10)
vh Kay Uno Kaneko - Hana Shepard - Mae Matsuzaki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1007-8-10)
Father's arrest by the FBI after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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 ...

Betty Fujimoto Kashiwagi Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1010-2-17)
vh Betty Fujimoto Kashiwagi Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1010-2-17)
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor; witnessing FBI's search of home

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 ...

Kiyo Nikaido Morimoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1010-4-11)
vh Kiyo Nikaido Morimoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1010-4-11)
Visiting father in jail

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.

Kiyo Nikaido Morimoto Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1010-4-10)
vh Kiyo Nikaido Morimoto Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1010-4-10)
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 Department of the Interior.

Mitsue Matsui Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1008-3-7)
vh Mitsue Matsui Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1008-3-7)
Working for the Japanese Chamber of Commerce when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Mitsue Matsui Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1008-3-6)
vh Mitsue Matsui Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1008-3-6)
FBI roundup of Japanese community leaders after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1008-5-6)
vh Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1008-5-6)
FBI visit following bombing of Pearl Harbor

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Harry Ueno Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1002-7-7)
vh Harry Ueno Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1002-7-7)
Being questioned by the FBI following the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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 ...

Sally Shimako Nishimori Kitano Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1001-5-3)
vh Sally Shimako Nishimori Kitano Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1001-5-3)
Memories of the FBI arrest of father

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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