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
Takeshi Minato Interview Segment 13 (ddr-manz-1-57-13)
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Working as an interpreter for the Issei picked up by the FBI
Mary Suzuki Ichino Interview I Segment 18 (ddr-manz-1-51-18)
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Hearing of homes being searched by the FBI: "There was an awful lot of hysteria"
Mas Okabe Interview Segment 8 (ddr-manz-1-131-8)
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Father's arrest by the FBI after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Akiko Okuno Interview Segment 15 (ddr-manz-1-133-15)
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Hearing about arrests within the Japanese American community after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Joyce Okazaki Interview II Segment 1 (ddr-manz-1-146-1)
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Hearing about grandfather's arrest after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Miyoko Uzaki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-manz-1-156-10)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, remembering arrests of community leaders
Ko Nishimura Interview Segment 6 (ddr-manz-1-174-6)
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Family's surveillance by the FBI after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Henry Fukuhara Interview Segment 4 (ddr-manz-1-3-4)
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Hearing about arrest of community members following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
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
Cherry Kinoshita Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-34-5)
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Being questioned by the FBI over the family's short wave radio
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
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
Yutaka Inokuchi Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-320-12)
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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.

Cookie Takeshita Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-465-8)
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Hearing of families where the father was arrested by the FBI
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.

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