Densho Digital Archive
National Japanese American Historical Society Collection
Title: Takashi Matsui Interview
Narrator: Takashi Matsui
Interviewer: Marvin Uratsu
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: December 12, 1997
Densho ID: denshovh-mtakashi-02-0008

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MU: Excuse me, but did you know anybody that was taken by the FBI?

TM: Yeah.

MU: For special incarceration?

TM: Yes.

MU: You knew some people that happened?

TM: Yeah. Mr. Honda is one of 'em.

MU: Who was he?

TM: He was here in Seattle, exporting logs, lumber to Japan. He was one of the big-time operators. The reason why I knew him was that I knew his children, and they were going to the university. Of course, I didn't see the FBI actually taking him out, but the children told me.

MU: Talked about it...

TM: Yeah. And the mother, their mother later told me. And she asked me to look at some of the papers that he had in his desk. And there were Japanese war bonds and things like that. And the mother, who was half-Caucasian, thought that, "Well, maybe he deserves to be incarcerated." [Laughs]

MU: Oh, because he had the Japanese bonds and...

TM: He invested some money.

MU: Are there any other stories that you know of like that?

TM: No. That's the only one I know, but about that time, I been hearing all kinds of stories. Somebody's father was taken in, somebody's father was taken from the golf course, all that. I don't remember the details, but I been hearing all that.

MU: Sure.

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