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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Notes (ddr-densho-430-41)
doc Notes (ddr-densho-430-41)
List of items sold in haste at the outbreak of WWII and their estimated value.
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
Letter from Lawrence Fumio Miwa to Oliver Ellis Stone (ddr-densho-437-142)
doc Letter from Lawrence Fumio Miwa to Oliver Ellis Stone (ddr-densho-437-142)
After moving several times before settling in Hawaii, much of their files and belongings have been stored or mislaid, asks that Oliver Stone request copy of claim material from Office of Alien Property
Department of Justice files for James Seigo Miwa (ddr-densho-437-22)
doc Department of Justice files for James Seigo Miwa (ddr-densho-437-22)
Correspondence and documents with Lawrence Miwa concerning claim for James Seigo Miwa's confiscated property
Letter from Oliver Ellis Stone to Lawrence Fumio Miwa (ddr-densho-437-135)
doc Letter from Oliver Ellis Stone to Lawrence Fumio Miwa (ddr-densho-437-135)
Believes they will need to wait for a new Attorney General to be appointed to pursue claim
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