Densho Digital Archive
Frank Abe Collection
Title: Jim Akutsu Interview
Narrator: Jim Akutsu
Interviewers: Frank Abe (primary); Frank Chin (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: August 28, 1993
Densho ID: denshovh-ajim-02-0014

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FC: Your brother; what happened to him?

JA: Well, he got called the first thing. And you know there's something... I don't know. There may be a little connection to see whether I had any influence over, on my brother. And sure, I had influence on him, so he wouldn't go.

FC: He refused the draft?

JA: Yeah. He was the youngest one. He just turned eighteen, and bang, he was really when the -- first thing, when the reinstatement of selective service. He and, I think, George Nakagawa or Smith Hayami -- they're the youngest, they just turned eighteen.


JA: He was the first of the -- when it was reactivated January 31st of 1944.

FC: Now would you say, tell us that he refused the draft.

JA: Yes. My brother refused the draft, also.

FC: Because...

JA: Because he was in the same position. We were never able to leave camp. School, work, and we still had the 4-C, "enemy alien." But if you look at my will, I have a card that was sent to -- after I took my physical in February, I made my appeal. You have ten days to appeal your classification. They classified you after you took your physical.

FC: Your brother go to jail with you?

JA: Yes.


JA: Well, my brother was called, one of the first one to be called for induction. He refused induction and was taken to county jail over in Boise. And he had to stay there from around April 'til October. I got picked up in July, and I got picked up and sent to Boise, Idaho. And there we had the trial and we were both convicted, same amount of time, to federal penitentiary, McNeil Island.

FC: Good.

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