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 Oliver Ellis Stone to Lawrence Fumio Miwa (ddr-densho-437-129)
doc Letter from Oliver Ellis Stone to Lawrence Fumio Miwa (ddr-densho-437-129)
He has requested assistance in pursuing the claim from Congressman Byron Johnson, but believes it will take general legislation to affect change
Letter to Oliver Ellis Stone (ddr-densho-437-213)
doc Letter to Oliver Ellis Stone (ddr-densho-437-213)
Only first page, likely from Lawrence Miwa. Information about James Seigo Miwa's business
Letter from Lawrence Miwa to Oliver Ellis Stone (ddr-densho-437-235)
doc Letter from Lawrence Miwa to Oliver Ellis Stone (ddr-densho-437-235)
Attaching translation of Yoshio (Taketa) Miwa's summary of James Seigo Miwa's experience in Japan during the war
Letter from Oliver Ellis Stone to Lawrence Fumio Miwa (ddr-densho-437-39)
doc Letter from Oliver Ellis Stone to Lawrence Fumio Miwa (ddr-densho-437-39)
Describing paperwork needed to assess claim at Office of Alien Property, and the unlikelihood of the claim being accepted until legislation is changed to become more open about reparations
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