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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Letter from Thomas Creighton, Office of Alien Property, to Lawrence Fumio Miwa (ddr-densho-437-36)
doc Letter from Thomas Creighton, Office of Alien Property, to Lawrence Fumio Miwa (ddr-densho-437-36)
Informing Lawrence Miwa that he will have to establish himself as the claimant in order to pursue the family's claim on property
Copy of letter from Oliver Ellis Stone to Congressman Byron Johnson (ddr-densho-437-139)
doc Copy of letter from Oliver Ellis Stone to Congressman Byron Johnson (ddr-densho-437-139)
Enclosing review of claim material, and plan to submit for review to Deputy Attorney General Byron White
Set of legal documents related to estate of James Seigo Miwa (ddr-densho-437-297)
doc Set of legal documents related to estate of James Seigo Miwa (ddr-densho-437-297)
Copy of cancellation of Power of Attorney granted to Shigeru Nakata while James Seigo Miwa was held at Lordsburg Internment camp, cancellation of Deed of Gift to Katherine Kiyoko (Miwa) Sato, copy of will listing Lawrence Miwa as beneficiary
Letter from Lawrence Fumio Miwa to Oliver Ellis Stone (ddr-densho-437-202)
doc Letter from Lawrence Fumio Miwa to Oliver Ellis Stone (ddr-densho-437-202)
Updates on the case, heard that the U.S. legislature may take up the issues of reparations
Notes on claim for return of confiscated property (ddr-densho-437-31)
doc Notes on claim for return of confiscated property (ddr-densho-437-31)
Handwritten timeline of disposition of James Seigo Miwa's assets confiscated in WWII
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