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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Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Japanese American Joint Board, Loyalty questionnaire, Segregation

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Fumiko Hayashida Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-15-28)
vh Fumiko Hayashida Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-15-28)
Husband's work in camp, his answers to the so-called "loyalty questions"
Yukio Kawaratani Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-377-16)
vh Yukio Kawaratani Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-377-16)
Family signs "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Toshikazu
vh Toshikazu "Tosh" Okamoto II Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-248-2)
The so-called "loyalty questionnaire" creates a split in the family
Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 61 (ddr-densho-1000-118-61)
vh Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 61 (ddr-densho-1000-118-61)
Answering the so-called "loyalty questions"

During this interview, Mrs. Kurosu alternately speaks in both English and Japanese. As a result, the English translation of the transcript contains [Jpn.] and [Eng.], which indicate whether the original dialogue was spoken in Japanese or English.

John Tateishi Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-469-9)
vh John Tateishi Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-469-9)
Finding out many years later that mother had answered "no-no" to the so-called "loyalty questions"
Art Ishida Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-363-17)
vh Art Ishida Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-363-17)
Answering "no-yes" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Michiko Wada Interview Segment 12 (ddr-manz-1-162-12)
vh Michiko Wada Interview Segment 12 (ddr-manz-1-162-12)
Transferring to Tule Lake because of the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"
Masako Murakami Interview Segment 5 (ddr-manz-1-166-5)
vh Masako Murakami Interview Segment 5 (ddr-manz-1-166-5)
Father's answering "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"
Shig Kaseguma Interview Segment 14 (ddr-manz-1-32-14)
vh Shig Kaseguma Interview Segment 14 (ddr-manz-1-32-14)
The controversy over the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"
Bob Fuchigami Interview Segment 30 (ddr-manz-1-28-30)
vh Bob Fuchigami Interview Segment 30 (ddr-manz-1-28-30)
Thoughts on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire": "that was a fiasco"
George Maeda Interview Segment 15 (ddr-manz-1-159-15)
vh George Maeda Interview Segment 15 (ddr-manz-1-159-15)
Talking with family about the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"
June T. Watanabe Interview Segment 10 (ddr-manz-1-160-10)
vh June T. Watanabe Interview Segment 10 (ddr-manz-1-160-10)
Friends move to Tule Lake as a result of the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"
Patricia Mariko Morikawa Sakamoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-manz-1-167-11)
vh Patricia Mariko Morikawa Sakamoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-manz-1-167-11)
Parents' separation after answering the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"
Kenji Ogawa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-manz-1-170-11)
vh Kenji Ogawa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-manz-1-170-11)
Parents' decision to answer "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" and being sent to Tule Lake
Sumiko Yamauchi Interview Segment 18 (ddr-manz-1-135-18)
vh Sumiko Yamauchi Interview Segment 18 (ddr-manz-1-135-18)
Family's discussion of the draft and the so-called "loyalty questionnaire"
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