Economic losses

The economic and emotional toll associated with the uprooting of Japanese Americans from their homes and businesses was enormous. The cost was especially high for the issei (first-generation immigrants), who had worked most of their lives to establish financial security for themselves and their children. Many Japanese Americans bitterly recall being forced to sell property, personal belongings, and business equipment for a fraction of their value to opportunistic scavengers. Evacuees could take only what they could carry. They left behind heirlooms, cherished toys, and family pets. Farmers continued to work for a harvest they would never see, told it would be "disloyal" to stop. The bustling Nihonmachis (Japantowns) of the West Coast closed down and never fully recovered, even after the war ended.

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Evacuated Japanese asks crop accounting (ddr-csujad-55-210)
doc Evacuated Japanese asks crop accounting (ddr-csujad-55-210)
Newspaper article published in "Sacramento Bee" in 1947, reporting on a suit filed by Masanobu Tim Yoshimiya against Mary E. Patterson and A. Ostrom regarding return of farm equipment and accounting of proceeds from Yoshimiya's farm after the forced evacuation. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0212
Information concerning clams under the evacuation claims law (ddr-csujad-55-2427)
doc Information concerning clams under the evacuation claims law (ddr-csujad-55-2427)
Informational pamphlet for all "evacuee-claimants" filing claims for losses incurred during forced removal and incarceration during World War II. Includes analysis of public law 886, assistance in preparing claims, how to answer form questions, and types of real and personal property. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2533
Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry, Form no. Cl. 1, George Hideo Nakamura, continues from form (ddr-csujad-55-2425)
doc Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry, Form no. Cl. 1, George Hideo Nakamura, continues from form (ddr-csujad-55-2425)
Itemized list of claims for George Hideo Nakamura. See also sac_jaac_2530. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2531
Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry, Form no. Cl. 1, George Hideo Nakamura, copy (ddr-csujad-55-2424)
doc Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry, Form no. Cl. 1, George Hideo Nakamura, copy (ddr-csujad-55-2424)
Copy of the form, "Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry" distributed by the Japanese American Citizens League. Current form completed by George Hideo Nakamura including an itemized list of personal property claims. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
List of evacuation losses (ddr-csujad-55-2412)
doc List of evacuation losses (ddr-csujad-55-2412)
Notebook containing itemized list of George Hideo Nakamura's personal property for the purposes of evacuation claims. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2518
Claim of Fumiyo Kojima (ddr-csujad-55-2132)
doc Claim of Fumiyo Kojima (ddr-csujad-55-2132)
Claim of Fumiyo Kojima, no. 146-35-2309. Decided May 29, 1951. From Precedent Adjudications of the Attorney General of the United States Volume I, Precedent Decisions Under the Japanese-American Evacuation Claims Act. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2235
Claim of George M. Kawaguchi (ddr-csujad-55-2129)
doc Claim of George M. Kawaguchi (ddr-csujad-55-2129)
Claim of George M. Kawaguchi, no. 146-35-2523. Decided June 26, 1950. From Precedent Adjudications of the Attorney General of the United States Volume I, Precedent Decisions Under the Japanese-American Evacuation Claims Act. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2232
Claim of Mary Sogawa (ddr-csujad-55-2131)
doc Claim of Mary Sogawa (ddr-csujad-55-2131)
Claim of Mary Sogawa, no. 146-35-3083. Decided December 20, 1950. From Precedent Adjudications of the Attorney General of the United States Volume I, Precedent Decisions Under the Japanese-American Evacuation Claims Act. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2234
Postcard from U.S. Department of Justice to George Hideo Nakamura, July 5, 1950 (ddr-csujad-55-2449)
doc Postcard from U.S. Department of Justice to George Hideo Nakamura, July 5, 1950 (ddr-csujad-55-2449)
Card acknowledging receipt of George Hideo Nakamura's claim under Public Law 886 for losses incurred as part of incarceration during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2555
Notice from Homes Baldridge, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Claims Division, to claimants under the evacuation claims act of July 2, 1948 (ddr-csujad-55-2426)
doc Notice from Homes Baldridge, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Claims Division, to claimants under the evacuation claims act of July 2, 1948 (ddr-csujad-55-2426)
Information about forms necessary to submit a claim pursuant to the Evacuation Claims Act. Includes instructions and documents needed for submitting a claim. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2532
Evacuation claims compromise settlement award sheet (ddr-csujad-55-2446)
doc Evacuation claims compromise settlement award sheet (ddr-csujad-55-2446)
Award sheet for a claim made by George Hideo Nakamura for his losses of personal property during his forced removal and incarceration during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2552
Letter from Phillip Isenberg, Member of the Assembly, 10th District, August 6, 1985 (ddr-csujad-55-2451)
doc Letter from Phillip Isenberg, Member of the Assembly, 10th District, August 6, 1985 (ddr-csujad-55-2451)
Correspondence from Phillip Isenberg to "Friend" regarding the opening of an exhibit documenting the dismissal of Japanese American employees of the state of California during their forced removal and incarceration during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2557
Notice of claim for property deposited pursuant to alien enemy regulations (ddr-csujad-55-2423)
doc Notice of claim for property deposited pursuant to alien enemy regulations (ddr-csujad-55-2423)
Blank form for former incarcerees to make claims for loss of personal property due to forced removal during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2529
Claim of Julius Downs (ddr-csujad-55-2134)
doc Claim of Julius Downs (ddr-csujad-55-2134)
Claim of Julius Downs, no. 146-35-3593. Decided February 26, 1953. From Precedent Adjudications of the Attorney General of the United States Volume I, Precedent Decisions Under the Japanese American Evacuation Claims Act. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2237
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, April 17, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-552)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, April 17, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-552)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting. Includes discussion on counseling, transfers to Heart Mountain incarceration camp, and losses incurred from "evacuation." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0554
Our 110,000 new boarders (ddr-csujad-55-180)
doc Our 110,000 new boarders (ddr-csujad-55-180)
Opinion article by J.P. McEvoy on the Japanese incarceration during World War II. Includes the author's perspective on implications of the incarceration for American taxpayers and armed forces, history of Japanese labor in the United States, and opinion on the incarceration. Condensed from the Baltimore Sunday Sun. A version of this article also appeared in Reader's …
Claim of George Tsuda (ddr-csujad-55-2130)
doc Claim of George Tsuda (ddr-csujad-55-2130)
Claim of George Tsuda, no. 146-35-1922. Decided October 30, 1950. From Precedent Adjudications of the Attorney General of the United States Volume I, Precedent Decisions Under the Japanese-American Evacuation Claims Act. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2233
Letter to Teru Koyama from Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Teru Koyama from Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama (ddr-one-5-4)
Letter dated January 27, 1942, to Teru Koyama from her husband, Kei Koyama. In the letter Kei writes about receiving the packages mailed to him and advises that the money he sent is to settle business matters in Portland related to his dental office, and asks her not to lease it Dr. S. but to Dr. …
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-10)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Fort Missula from his wife, Teru Koyama, in Portland. Postmarked March 24, 1942. In the lower left corner is a "CENSORED" stamp. The enclosed letter, dated March 23, 1942, has the same stamp at the top of the page. Teru writes about receiving his last letter, which made everyone …
Letter from Oliver Ellis Stone to Lawrence Fumio Miwa (ddr-densho-437-113)
doc Letter from Oliver Ellis Stone to Lawrence Fumio Miwa (ddr-densho-437-113)
Expects that the claims section of Office of Alien Property will not reverse decision
Testimony of Toshio Iwamoto (ddr-densho-437-236)
doc Testimony of Toshio Iwamoto (ddr-densho-437-236)
Witness statement from Toshio Iwamoto about James Seigo Miwa's experiences in Japan during the war
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