Title: "Clarence T. Arai Home for Visit," Seattle Times, 1/25/1945, (ddr-densho-56-1098)
Densho ID: ddr-densho-56-1098


Clarence T. Arai, Seattle-born Japanese attorney who was evacuated with others of his race almost three years ago, was back "home" today, visiting old scenes and shaking hands with old friends.

"I'm just here to renew old acquaintances and that's the whole purpose of my visit," said Arai. "I want to look over the situation in Seattle before I plan to return permanently. It has been a long time since I went away, now."

Arai, well-known lawyer who was active in public and civic affairs, was evacuated in May, 1942; first went to the relocation center at Puyallup and then to the Minidoka Relocation Center at Hunt, Idaho, where he now makes his home.

The attorney's wife and 8-year-old son remained in Idaho while he visited Seattle. He expects to leave Saturday, after a week's stay.

Graduate of Franklin High School, Arai was graduated from the University of Washington in 1924, and practiced law here. He served on the City Library Board and was a captain of Infantry in the Organized Reserves. He is 43 years old.

"Since I went to Idaho I've been an attorney for the government, principally looking after property problems. It has been interesting work, but after all, I was born and raised in Seattle," said Arai. "It's good to be back."