Chimata Sumida Department of Justice Case File

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Sumida Family Collection

Chimata Sumida's Department of Justice File includes the warrant for his arrest on January 19, 1942; a FBI investigation report that focused on Sumida's store and the inclusion of a stock of radios with short-wave capabilities; Sumida's Alien Enemy Questionnaire; and a transcript of his hearing for parole from Fort Missoula. Chimata Sumida's hearing for parole focused on his business, community involvement, and his feelings about what loyalty he held toward Japan and the United States. The original decision by the hearing committee was for further internment, but a further review decided that Chimata Sumida would be paroled. The parole notice was dated July 12, 1942.


Miscellaneous Documents



Courtesy of Sumida Family Collection, Densho