Registration and the "loyalty questionnaire"

To help administer the military draft and work release program, the U.S. Army and the War Relocation Authority (WRA) produced "loyalty questionnaires" for all Japanese Americans seventeen years of age and older. The questionnaires contained two questions that caused confusion and controversy. Despite serious problems with the wording and meaning of the questions, government officials and others generally considered those who answered "no" to these two questions to be "disloyal" to the United States, and they were transferred to the Tule Lake concentration camp which was designated a segregation camp. "Yes" answers to these questions made Japanese Americans eligible for service in the U.S. Army, and some became eligible for release and resettlement in areas outside of the West Coast exclusion zones.

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Frank Emi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1002-9-6)
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Deciding to qualify answers to the so-called "loyalty questions"

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead …

Frank Emi Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1002-9-5)
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Frustration with the "ambiguous" and "senseless" questions on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"; posting suggested answers

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection …

Frank Emi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1002-9-7)
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Attending hearings regarding qualified answers to the so-called "loyalty questions"

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, …

Frank Emi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1002-9-8)
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Discussion of the establishment of the draft for Japanese Americans in camp

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not …

Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1002-2-10)
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Frustration with the registration questions involving renouncing allegiance to Japan

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, …

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1002-4-11)
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Description of play written about the camp experience and the loyalty issue

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not …

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1002-4-7)
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Years later, writing a play about the loyalty issue

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead …

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1002-4-3)
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Deciding to resist the draft registration; memories of the "segregation" period in Tule Lake concentration camp

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this …

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1002-4-8)
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Reflections on the camp experience: happy at first, but the registration "changed everything"

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically …

Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-1-9)
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Discussion of the registration period in camp

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing …

Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1002-1-13)
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Conflicts and attacks regarding the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily …

Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1002-1-12)
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Differences between Nisei and Kibei in regards to the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"; personal reactions

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are …

Hisaye Yamamoto Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1002-10-12)
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Thoughts on the registration period in camp; brother volunteered for military, killed in Italy at age nineteen

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in …

Harry Ueno Interview Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1002-7-32)
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Answering "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," and being taken to the stockade in Tule Lake concentration camp

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews …

Mits Koshiyama Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1002-6-5)
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Qualifying answer on "loyalty" question regarding military service: "Give me my rights back as American citizen and I'll be willing to go"

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As …

Aiko Herzig Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1002-8-15)
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Discussion of the so-called "loyalty questionnaire": confusion over the nature of the questions

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically …

Lilly Kodama Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1001-19-8)
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Parents' disagreement over answers to the so-called "loyalty questions"
Minoru Kiyota Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-36-9)
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Description of FBI interrogation in camp, and impact on response to the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Tule Lake Pilgrimage held at Klamath Falls, Oregon and at the site of Tule Lake incarceration camp in California. Given the limited time available during this event, the length and breadth of this interview …

Paul Nagano Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-65-8)
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Christian faith and social justice: dealing with so-called "loyalty questionnaire," and military service
Paul Nagano Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-65-9)
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Animosity between "yes-yes" and "no-no" respondents in concentration camp
Bill Nishimura Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-119-6)
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Responding "no-no" to so-called "loyalty questionnaire"

This interview took place at the 2000 Tule Lake Pilgrimage in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Kara Kondo Interview Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-139-34)
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Thoughts on military service and the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"
Satsuki Ina Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-474-2)
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During World War II, parents answered "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"
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