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|Date = February 19, 1942 – March 20, 1946NEWS, Burton, J., Farrell, M., Lord, F., Lord, R., Confinement and Ethnicity (Chapter 3),weblink November 30, 2016, www.nps.gov, National Park Service, WEB, Japanese American Internment » Tule Lake,weblink njahs.org, National Japanese American Historical Society, November 30, 2016, NEWS, Weik, Taylor, Behind Barbed Wire: Remembering America's Largest Internment Camp,weblink November 30, 2016, NBC News, March 16, 2016, | reported deaths =| reported injuries =| reported missing =| inquiries =
|URL = }}The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II was the forced relocation and incarceration in concentration camps in the western interior of the country of about 120,000The official WRA record from 1946 state it was 120,000 people. See BOOK,weblink The Evacuated People: A Quantitative Study, War Relocation Authority, 1946, 8, . This number does not include people held in other camps such as run by the DoJ or Army. Other sources may give numbers slightly more or less than 120,000. people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom lived on the Pacific Coast. Sixty-two percent of the internees were United States citizens.Semiannual Report of the War Relocation Authority, for the period January 1 to June 30, 1946, not dated. Papers of Dillon S. Myer. Scanned image at trumanlibrary.org. Retrieved September 18, 2006."The War Relocation Authority and The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II: 1948 Chronology," Web page at www.trumanlibrary.org. Retrieved September 11, 2006. These actions were ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt shortly after Imperial Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.WEB, National Park Service,weblink Manzanar National Historic Site, Of 127,000 Japanese Americans living in the continental United States at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, 112,000 resided on the West Coast.Okihiro, Gary Y. The Columbia Guide to Asian American History. 2005, p. 104 About 80,000 were Nisei (literal translation: "second generation"; American-born Japanese with U.S. citizenship) and Sansei ("third generation"; the children of Nisei). The rest were Issei ("first generation") immigrants born in Japan who were ineligible for U.S. citizenship under U.S. law.Nash, Gary B., Julie Roy Jeffrey, John R. Howe, Peter J. Frederick, Allen F. Davis, Allan M. Winkler, Charlene Mires, and Carla Gardina Pestana. The American People, Concise Edition Creating a Nation and a Society, Combined Volume (6th Edition). New York: Longman, 2007Japanese Americans were incarcerated based on local population concentrations and regional politics. More than 112,000 Japanese Americans living on the West Coast were forced into interior camps. However, in Hawaii, where 150,000-plus Japanese Americans composed over one-third of the population, only 1,200 to 1,800 were also interned.Ogawa, Dennis M. and Fox, Jr., Evarts C. Japanese Americans, from Relocation to Redress. 1991, p. 135. The internment is considered to have resulted more from racism than from any security risk posed by Japanese Americans.BOOK, Commission on Wartime Relocation of Civilians, Personal Justice Denied, Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, 1997, Washington, D.C., 459, WEB,weblink WWII Propaganda: The Influence of Racism – Artifacts Journal – University of Missouri, artifactsjournal.missouri.edu, California defined anyone with 1/16th or more Japanese lineage as sufficient to be interned.BOOK,weblink Representing Wars from 1860 to the Present: Fields of Action, Fields of Vision, Brill, Catherine Collins, 2018, 105, September 29, 2019, Colonel Karl Bendetsen, the architect behind the program, went so far as saying anyone with "one drop of Japanese blood" qualified.Roosevelt authorized Executive Order 9066, issued on February 19, 1942, which allowed regional military commanders to designate "military areas" from which "any or all persons may be excluded."BOOK,weblink Executive Order 9066 dated February 19, 1942, in which President Franklin D. Roosevelt Authorizes the Secretary of War to Prescribe Military Areas, February 19, 1942, December 15, 2015, National Archives Catalog, National Archives and Records Administration, File Unit: Executive Orders 9041 – 9070, 1/26/1942 – 2/24/1942, Although the executive order did not mention Japanese Americans, this authority was used to declare that all people of Japanese ancestry were required to leave AlaskaBOOK,weblink The Thousand-mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians, Brian Garfield, p. 48, yes, University of Alaska Press, February 1, 1995, and the military exclusion zones from all of California and parts of Oregon, Washington, and Arizona, except for those in government camps.COURT,weblink Korematsu v. United States, 323, U.S., 214, Supreme Court of the United States, 1944, Cornell University Law School, April 24, 2018, Dissenting opinion by Justice Owen Roberts, Approximately 5,000 Japanese Americans relocated outside the exclusion zone before March 1942,WEB, Brian, Niiya,weblink Voluntary Evacuation, Densho, March 12, 2014, while some 5,500 community leaders had been arrested immediately after the Pearl Harbor attack and thus were already in custody.WEB, Densho,weblink About the Incarceration, July 13, 2019, The United States Census Bureau assisted the internment efforts by spying and providing confidential neighborhood information on Japanese Americans. The Bureau denied its role for decades despite scholarly evidence to the contrary,JOURNAL, The Bureau of the Census and the Relocation of Japanese Americans: A Note and Document, Amerasia Journal, Roger Daniels, 1982, 9, 1, 101-105, and its role became more widely acknowledged by 2007.MAGAZINE, Confirmed: The U.S. Census Bureau Gave Up Names of Japanese-Americans in WW II,weblink Scientific American, JR Minkel, March 30, 2007, NEWS,weblink Papers show Census role in WWII camps, USA Today, Haya El Nasser, March 30, 2007, In 1944, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the removal by ruling against Fred Korematsu's appeal for violating an exclusion order.COURT,weblink Korematsu v. United States, 323, U.S., 214, Supreme Court of the United States, 1944, Cornell University Law School, April 24, 2018, Majority opinion by Hugo Black, The Court limited its decision to the validity of the exclusion orders, avoiding the issue of the incarceration of U.S. citizens without due process.BOOK, Hakim, Joy, A History of Us: War, Peace and All That Jazz, Oxford University Press, 1995, New York, 100–04, 0-19-509514-6, In 1980, under mounting pressure from the Japanese American Citizens League and redress organizations,WEB, Sharon, Yamato,weblink Civil Liberties Act of 1988, Densho Encyclopedia, March 11, 2014, President Jimmy Carter opened an investigation to determine whether the decision to put Japanese Americans into concentration camps had been justified by the government. He appointed the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) to investigate the camps. The Commission's report, titled Personal Justice Denied, found little evidence of Japanese disloyalty at the time and concluded that the incarceration had been the product of racism. It recommended that the government pay reparations to the internees. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which apologized for the internment on behalf of the U.S. government and authorized a payment of $20,000 ({{Inflation|index=US|value=20,000|start_year=1988|r=-3|fmt=eq}}) to each camp survivor. The legislation admitted that government actions were based on "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership."100th Congress, S. 1009, reproduced at, internmentarchives.com. Retrieved September 19, 2006. The U.S. government eventually disbursed more than $1.6 billion ({{Inflation|index=US|value=1,600,000,000|start_year=1988|fmt=eq|r=-7}}) in reparations to 82,219 Japanese Americans who had been interned and their heirs.WEB,weblink Wwii Reparations: Japanese-American Internees, Democracy Now!, January 24, 2010, {{TOC limit|2}}

Background

{{Further|History of Japanese Americans}}

Japanese Americans before World War II

{{Further|Japanese-American life before World War II}}Due in large part to socio-political changes stemming from the Meiji Restoration—and a recession caused by the abrupt opening of Japan's economy to the world market—people began emigrating from the Empire of Japan in 1868 in order to find work to survive.Anderson, Emily. "Immigration," Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 14, 2014. From 1869 to 1924 approximately 200,000 immigrated to the islands of Hawaii, mostly laborers expecting to work on the islands' sugar plantations. Some 180,000 went to the U.S. mainland, with the majority settling on the West Coast and establishing farms or small businesses. Most arrived before 1908, when the Gentlemen's Agreement between Japan and the United States banned the immigration of unskilled laborers. A loophole allowed the wives of men already in the US to join their husbands. The practice of women marrying by proxy and immigrating to the U.S. resulted in a large increase in the number of "picture brides."Nakamura, Kelli Y. "weblink," Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 14, 2014.As the Japanese-American population continued to grow, European Americans on the West Coast resisted the new group, fearing competition and exaggerating the idea of hordes of Asians keen to take over white-owned farmland and businesses. Groups such as the Asiatic Exclusion League, the California Joint Immigration Committee, and the Native Sons of the Golden West organized in response to this "Yellow Peril." They lobbied successfully to restrict the property and citizenship rights of Japanese immigrants, as similar groups had previously organized against Chinese immigrants.Anderson, Emily. "Anti-Japanese exclusion movement," Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 14, 2014. Several laws and treaties attempting to slow immigration from Japan were introduced beginning in the late 19th century. The Immigration Act of 1924, following the example of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, effectively banned all immigration from Japan and other "undesirable" Asian countries.The 1924 ban on immigration produced unusually well-defined generational groups within the Japanese-American community. The Issei were exclusively those who had immigrated before 1924; some desired to return to their homeland. Because no new immigration was permitted, all Japanese Americans born after 1924 were, by definition, born in the U.S. and automatically U.S. citizens. This Nisei generation were a distinct cohort from their parents. In addition to the usual generational differences, Issei men had been typically ten to fifteen years older than their wives, making them significantly older than the younger children of their often large families. U.S. law prohibited Japanese immigrants from becoming naturalized citizens, making them dependent on their children to rent or purchase property. Communication between English-speaking children and parents who spoke mostly or completely in Japanese was often difficult. A significant number of older Nisei, many of whom were born prior to the immigration ban, had married and already started families of their own by the time the US joined World War II.BOOK, Japanese American Internment during World War II: A History and Reference Guide, Ng, Wendy, Greenwood, 2002, Westport, CT, 8–9, Despite racist legislation that prevented Issei from becoming naturalized citizens (and therefore from owning property, voting, or running for political office), these Japanese immigrants established communities in their new hometowns. Japanese Americans contributed to the agriculture of California and other Western states, by introducing irrigation methods that enabled the cultivation of fruits, vegetables, and flowers on previously inhospitable land.JOURNAL, Iwata, Masakazu, 1962, The Japanese immigrants in California agriculture, Agricultural History, 36, 1, 25–37, 3740395, In both rural and urban areas, kenjinkai, community groups for immigrants from the same Japanese prefecture, and fujinkai, Buddhist women's associations, organized community events and charitable work, provided loans and financial assistance and built Japanese language schools for their children. Excluded from setting up shop in white neighborhoods, nikkei-owned small businesses thrived in the Nihonmachi, or Japantowns of urban centers, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.{{citation needed|date=June 2015}}(File:Geographical Distribution Japanese Population USA 1940 1.jpg|alt=A per-state population map of the Japanese American population, with California leading by a far margin with 93,717.|thumb|A per-state population map of the Japanese American population, with California leading with 93,717, from "Final Report Japanese Evacuation From the West Coast 1942")In the 1930s the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), concerned by Imperial Japan's rising military power in Asia, began conducting surveillance on Japanese-American communities in Hawaii. From 1936, at the behest of President Roosevelt, the ONI began compiling a "special list of those who would be the first to be placed in a concentration camp in the event of trouble" between Japan and the United States. In 1939, again by order of the President, the ONI, Military Intelligence Division, and FBI began working together to compile a larger Custodial Detention Index.Kashima, Tetsuden. "Custodial detention / A-B-C list," Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 14, 2014. Early in 1941, Roosevelt commissioned Curtis Munson to conduct an investigation on Japanese Americans living on the West Coast and in Hawaii. After working with FBI and ONI officials and interviewing Japanese Americans and those familiar with them, Munson determined that the "Japanese problem" was nonexistent. His final report to the President, submitted November 7, 1941, "certified a remarkable, even extraordinary degree of loyalty among this generally suspect ethnic group."BOOK,weblink Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America's Concentration Camps, William Morrow & Company, New York, Weglyn, Michi Nishiura, 1976, p. 34, yes, A subsequent report by Kenneth Ringle (ONI), delivered to the President in January 1942, also found little evidence to support claims of Japanese-American disloyalty and argued against mass incarceration.Niiya, Brian. "Kenneth Ringle," Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 14, 2014.

After Pearl Harbor

(File:Newspaper headlines of Japanese Relocation - NARA - 195535.jpg|thumb|The San Francisco Examiner, February 1942)File:JapaneseAmericanGrocer1942.jpg|thumb|A Japanese American unfurled this banner in Oakland, California the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. This Dorothea LangeDorothea LangeFile:JapaneseAmericansChildrenPledgingAllegiance1942-2.jpg|thumb|Children at the Weill public school in San Francisco pledge allegiance to the American flagAmerican flagFile:Russell Lee, Tagged for evacuation, Salinas, California, May 1942.jpg|thumb|A child is "Tagged for evacuation", Salinas, California, May 1942. Photo by Russell LeeRussell LeeFile:WWII - Shop just before Japanese were evacuated from Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California, by Clem Albers, April 1942.jpg|thumb|A Japanese American shop, Asahi Dye Works, closing. The notice on the front is a reference to Owens Valley being the first and one of the largest Japanese American detention centers.]]The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, led military and political leaders to suspect that Imperial Japan was preparing a full-scale invasion of Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States. Due to Japan's rapid military conquest of a large portion of Asia and the Pacific including a small portion of the U.S. West Coast (i.e., Aleutian Islands Campaign) between 1937 and 1942, some Americans feared that its military forces were unstoppable.American public opinion initially stood by the large population of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast, with the Los Angeles Times characterizing them as "good Americans, born and educated as such." Many Americans believed that their loyalty to the United States was unquestionable.BOOK, Irons, Peter., Justice At War: The Story of the Japanese American Internment Cases, University of Washington Press, 1993, 7–9,weblink 9780520083127, However, six weeks after the attack, public opinion along the Pacific began to turn against Japanese Americans living on the West Coast, as the press and other Americans{{citation needed|reason=Which other Americans?|date=January 2017}} became nervous about the potential for fifth column activity. Though the administration (including President Franklin D. Roosevelt and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover) dismissed all rumors of Japanese-American espionage on behalf of the Japanese war effort, pressure mounted upon the administration as the tide of public opinion turned against Japanese Americans. Although the impact on US authorities is controversial, the Niihau incident immediately followed the attack on Pearl Harbor, when Ishimatsu Shintani, an Issei, and Yoshio Harada, a Nisei, and his Issei wife Irene Harada on the island of Ni'ihau violently freed a downed and captured Japanese naval airman, attacking their fellow Ni'ihau islanders in the process.BOOK
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Several concerns over the loyalty of ethnic Japanese seemed to stem from racial prejudice rather than any evidence of malfeasance. The Roberts Commission report, which investigated the Pearl Harbor attack, was released on January 25 and accused persons of Japanese ancestry of espionage leading up to the attack. Although the report's key finding was that General Walter Short and Admiral Husband E. Kimmel had been derelict in their duties during the attack on Pearl Harbor, one passage made vague reference to "Japanese consular agents and other... persons having no open relations with the Japanese foreign service" transmitting information to Japan. It was unlikely that these "spies" were Japanese American, as Japanese intelligence agents were distrustful of their American counterparts and preferred to recruit "white persons and Negroes."Niiya, Brian. "weblink," Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 14, 2018. However, despite the fact that the report made no mention of Americans of Japanese ancestry, national and West Coast media nevertheless used the report to vilify Japanese Americans and inflame public opinion against them.Niiya, Brian. "weblink," Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 14, 2018.Major Karl Bendetsen and Lieutenant General John L. DeWitt, head of the Western Defense Command, each questioned Japanese-American loyalty. DeWitt said:{{quotation|The fact that nothing has happened so far is more or less . . . ominous, in that I feel that in view of the fact that we have had no sporadic attempts at sabotage that there is a control being exercised and when we have it it will be on a mass basis.BOOK, Conn, Stetson, Engelman, Rose C., Fairchild, Byron, Guarding the United States and its Outposts,weblink United States Army in World War II, 1964, 2000, Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington, D.C., 120–23, }}He further stated in a conversation with California's governor, Culbert L. Olson,{{quotation|There's a tremendous volume of public opinion now developing against the Japanese of all classes, that is aliens and non-aliens, to get them off the land, and in Southern California around Los Angeles—in that area too—they want and they are bringing pressure on the government to move all the Japanese out. As a matter of fact, it's not being instigated or developed by people who are not thinking but by the best people of California. Since the publication of the Roberts Report they feel that they are living in the midst of a lot of enemies. They don't trust the Japanese, none of them.}}DeWitt, who administered the internment program, repeatedly told newspapers that "A Jap's a Jap" and testified to Congress,{{quotation|I don't want any of them [persons of Japanese ancestry] here. They are a dangerous element. There is no way to determine their loyalty... It makes no difference whether he is an American citizen, he is still a Japanese. American citizenship does not necessarily determine loyalty... But we must worry about the Japanese all the time until he is wiped off the map.Fred Mullen, "DeWitt Attitude on Japs Upsets Plans," Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, April 16, 1943. p.1, reproduced by weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070928001103weblink">Santa Cruz Public Library. Retrieved September 11, 2006.Testimony of John L. DeWitt, April 13, 1943, House Naval Affairs Subcommittee to Investigate Congested Areas, Part 3, pp. 739–40 (78th Cong ., 1st Sess.), cited in Korematsu v. United States (Murphy, J., dissenting), footnote 2, reproduced at findlaw.com. Retrieved September 11, 2006.}}DeWitt also sought approval to conduct search and seizure operations aimed at preventing alien Japanese from making radio transmissions to Japanese ships.Andrew E. Taslitz, "Stories of Fourth Amendment Disrespect: From Elian to the Internment," 70 Fordham Law Review. 2257, 2306–07 (2002). The Justice Department declined, stating that there was no probable cause to support DeWitt's assertion, as the FBI concluded that there was no security threat. On January 2, the Joint Immigration Committee of the California Legislature sent a manifesto to California newspapers which attacked "the ethnic Japanese," who it alleged were "totally unassimilable." This manifesto further argued that all people of Japanese heritage were loyal subjects of the Emperor of Japan; the manifesto contended that Japanese language schools were bastions of racism which advanced doctrines of Japanese racial superiority.The manifesto was backed by the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West and the California Department of the American Legion, which in January demanded that all Japanese with dual citizenship be placed in concentration camps. Internment was not limited to those who had been to Japan, but included a very small number of German and Italian enemy aliens. By February, Earl Warren, the Attorney General of California (and a future Chief Justice of the United States), had begun his efforts to persuade the federal government to remove all people of Japanese ethnicity from the West Coast.Those who were as little as {{frac|1|16}} Japanese could be placed in internment camps.WEB,weblink Short History of Amache Japanese Internment, April 21, 2008, October 4, 2008,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081004041601weblink">weblink dead, Bendetsen, promoted to colonel, said in 1942, "I am determined that if they have one drop of Japanese blood in them, they must go to camp."WEB,weblink Removal process, A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution, Smithsonian Institution, June 25, 2019, Upon the bombing of Pearl Harbor and pursuant to the Alien Enemies Act, Presidential Proclamations 2525, 2526 and 2527 were issued designating Japanese, German and Italian nationals as enemy aliens.WEB,weblink Brief Overview of the World War II Enemy Alien Control Program, December 6, 2012, Information gathered by US officials over the previous decade was used to locate and incarcerate thousands of Japanese-American community leaders in the days immediately following Pearl Harbor (see section elsewhere in this article "Other concentration camps"). In Hawaii, under the auspices of martial law, both "enemy aliens" and citizens of Japanese and "German" descent were arrested and interned.BOOK,weblink Bayonets in Paradise: A Half-Century Retrospect on Martial Law in Hawai'i, 1941-1946, University of Hawaii School of Law, Harry N. Scheiber, 1997, Presidential Proclamation 2537 was issued on January 14, 1942, requiring aliens to report any change of address, employment, or name to the FBI. Enemy aliens were not allowed to enter restricted areas. Violators of these regulations were subject to "arrest, detention and internment for the duration of the war."WEB,weblink Roosevelt ushers in Japanese-American internment – Jan 14, 1942, History.com, On February 13, the Pacific Coast Congressional subcommittee on aliens and sabotage recommended to the President immediate evacuation of "all persons of Japanese lineage and all others, aliens and citizens alike" who were thought to be dangerous from "strategic areas," further specifying that these included the entire "strategic area" of California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. On February 16 the President tasked Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson with replying. A conference on February 17 of Secretary Stimson with assistant secretary John J. McCloy, Provost Marshal General Allen W. Gullion, Deputy chief of Army Ground Forces Mark W. Clark, and Colonel Bendetsen decided that General DeWitt should be directed to commence evacuations "to the extent he deemed necessary" to protect vital installations.Conn, pp. 133–136

Development

Executive Order 9066 and related actions

Executive Order 9066, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, authorized military commanders to designate "military areas" at their discretion, "from which any or all persons may be excluded." These "exclusion zones," unlike the "alien enemy" roundups, were applicable to anyone that an authorized military commander might choose, whether citizen or non-citizen. Eventually such zones would include parts of both the East and West Coasts, totaling about 1/3 of the country by area. Unlike the subsequent deportation and incarceration programs that would come to be applied to large numbers of Japanese Americans, detentions and restrictions directly under this Individual Exclusion Program were placed primarily on individuals of German or Italian ancestry, including American citizens.WEB,weblink WWII Enemy Alien Control Overview,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160913231431weblink">weblink September 13, 2016, archives.gov, January 8, 2007, (File:Luggage - Japanese American internment.jpg|thumb|The baggage of Japanese Americans from the West Coast, at a makeshift reception center located at a racetrack)(File:A young evacuee of Japanese ancestry waits with the family baggage before leaving by bus for an assembly center... - NARA - 539959.jpg|thumb|An evacuee with family belongings en route to an "assembly center", Spring 1942)File:Bainbridge Island (Wash.) evacuation -- Group of young evacuees wave from special train as it leaves Seattle with Island evacuees, March 30, 1942.jpg|thumb|A group of young evacuees wave from the window of a special train as it leaves Seattle with Bainbridge IslandBainbridge IslandOn March 2, 1942, General John DeWitt, commanding general of the Western Defense Command, publicly announced the creation of two military restricted zones.WEB, Japanese American National Museum,weblink Chronology of WWII Incarceration, March 12, 2014, Military Area No. 1 consisted of the southern half of Arizona and the western half of California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as all of California south of Los Angeles. Military Area No. 2 covered the rest of those states. DeWitt's proclamation informed Japanese Americans they would be required to leave Military Area 1, but stated that they could remain in the second restricted zone.WEB, Brian, Niiya,weblink Military Areas 1 and 2, Densho, March 12, 2014, Removal from Military Area No. 1 initially occurred through "voluntary evacuation." Japanese Americans were free to go anywhere outside of the exclusion zone or inside Area 2, with arrangements and costs of relocation to be borne by the individuals. The policy was short-lived; DeWitt issued another proclamation on March 27 that prohibited Japanese Americans from leaving Area 1. A night-time curfew, also initiated on March 27, 1942, placed further restrictions on the movements and daily lives of Japanese Americans.BOOK, Kashima, Tetsudan, (Judgment Without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment During World War II), 2003, University of Washington Press, {{page needed|date=August 2019}}Included in the forced removal was Alaska, which, like Hawaii, was an incorporated U.S. territory located in the northwest extremity of the continental United States. Unlike the rest of the West Coast, Alaska was not subject to any exclusion zones due to its small Japanese population. Nevertheless, the Western Defense Command announced in April 1942 that all Japanese people and Americans of Japanese ancestry were to leave the territory for internment camps inland. By the end of the month, over 200 Japanese residents regardless of citizenship were exiled from Alaska, most of them ended up at the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Southern Idaho.JOURNAL, Naske, Claus M, The Relocation of Alaska's Japanese Residents, The Pacific Northwest Quarterly, 74, 3, 124–29, July 1983, Pacific Northwest Quarterly and the University of Washington, 40490551, Eviction from the West Coast began on March 24, 1942, with Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1, which gave the 227 Japanese American residents of Bainbridge Island, Washington six days to prepare for their "evacuation" directly to Manzanar.WEB, Blankenship, Anne,weblink Bainbridge Island, Washington, Densho, March 31, 2014, Colorado governor Ralph Lawrence Carr was the only elected official to publicly denounce the internment of American citizens (an act that cost his reelection, but gained him the gratitude of the Japanese American community, such that a statue of him was erected in the Denver Japantown's Sakura Square).WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20061002001303weblink">weblink October 2, 2006, The Colorado History Organization, January 24, 2010, A total of 108 exclusion orders issued by the Western Defense Command over the next five months completed the removal of Japanese Americans from the West Coast in August 1942.WEB, Brian, Niiya,weblink Civilian exclusion orders, Densho, March 31, 2014,

Advocates and opponents of U.S. concentration camps

Non-military advocates for exclusion, removal, and detention

File:Seuss cartoon.png|thumb|1942 editorial propaganda cartoon in the New York newspaper PM by Dr. Seuss depicting Japanese Americans in California, Oregon, and Washington–states with the largest population of Japanese Americans–as prepared to conduct sabotage against the U.S.]]The deportation and incarceration were popular among many white farmers who resented the Japanese American farmers. "White American farmers admitted that their self-interest required removal of the Japanese." These individuals saw internment as a convenient means of uprooting their Japanese-American competitors. Austin E. Anson, managing secretary of the Salinas Vegetable Grower-Shipper Association, told the Saturday Evening Post in 1942:{{quotation|We're charged with wanting to get rid of the Japs for selfish reasons. We do. It's a question of whether the White man lives on the Pacific Coast or the brown men. They came into this valley to work, and they stayed to take over... If all the Japs were removed tomorrow, we'd never miss them in two weeks because the White farmers can take over and produce everything the Jap grows. And we do not want them back when the war ends, either.COURT,weblink Korematsu v. United States, 323, U.S., 214, Supreme Court of the United States, 1944, Cornell University Law School, April 24, 2018, Dissenting opinion by Justice Frank Murphy, footnote 12, }}The Roberts Commission Report, prepared at President Franklin D. Roosevelt's request, has been cited as an example of the fear and prejudice informing the thinking behind the internment program. The Report sought to link Japanese Americans with espionage activity, and to associate them with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Columnist Henry McLemore, who wrote for the Hearst newspapers, reflected the growing public sentiment that was fueled by this report:{{quotation|I am for the immediate removal of every Japanese on the West Coast to a point deep in the interior. I don't mean a nice part of the interior either. Herd 'em up, pack 'em off, and give 'em the inside room in the badlands... Personally, I hate the Japanese. And that goes for all of them.Neiwert, David. The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right. 2009, p. 195}}Other California newspapers also embraced this view. According to a Los Angeles Times editorial,{{quotation|A viper is nonetheless a viper wherever the egg is hatched... So, a Japanese American born of Japanese parents, nurtured upon Japanese traditions, living in a transplanted Japanese atmosphere...notwithstanding his nominal brand of accidental citizenship almost inevitably and with the rarest exceptions grows up to be a Japanese, and not an American... Thus, while it might cause injustice to a few to treat them all as potential enemies, I cannot escape the conclusion...that such treatment...should be accorded to each and all of them while we are at war with their race.Niiya, Brian. Japanese American History. 1993, p. 54}}State politicians joined the bandwagon that was embraced by Leland Ford of Los Angeles, who demanded that "all Japanese, whether citizens or not, be placed in [inland] concentration camps."Incarceration of Japanese Americans, who provided critical agricultural labor on the West Coast, created a labor shortage which was exacerbated by the induction of many white American laborers into the Armed Forces. This vacuum precipitated a mass immigration of Mexican workers into the United States to fill these jobs,Berberoglu, Berch. Labor and Capital in the Age of Globalization. 2002, p. 90 under the banner of what became known as the Bracero Program. Many Japanese internees were temporarily released from their camps – for instance, to harvest Western beet crops – to address this wartime labor shortage.Hanel, Rachael. The Japanese American Internment. 2008, p. 20

Non-military advocates against exclusion, removal, and detention

Like many white American farmers, the white businessmen of Hawaii had their own motives for determining how to deal with the Japanese Americans, but they opposed internment. Instead, these individuals gained passage of legislation to retain in freedom the nearly 150,000 Japanese Americans who would have been otherwise sent to internment camps within Hawaii.Takaki, Ronald T. "A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America". Boston: Little, Brown. 1993. Print, p. 378. As a result, only 1,200 to 1,800 Japanese Americans in Hawaii were interned.The powerful businessmen of Hawaii concluded that imprisonment of such a large proportion of the islands' population would adversely affect the economic prosperity of the territory.Takaki, Ronald T. "A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America". Boston: Little, Brown 1993. Print, p. 379. The Japanese represented "over 90 percent of the carpenters, nearly all of the transportation workers, and a significant portion of the agricultural laborers" on the islands.General Delos Carleton Emmons, the military governor of Hawaii, also argued that Japanese labor was "'absolutely essential' for rebuilding the defenses destroyed at Pearl Harbor." Recognizing the Japanese-American community's contribution to the affluence of the Hawaiian economy, General Emmons fought against the internment of the Japanese Americans and had the support of most of the businessmen of Hawaii.Coming to different conclusions about how to deal with the Japanese-American community, both the white farmers of the continental United States and the white businessmen of Hawaii placed priority on protecting their own economic interests.Though internment was a generally popular policy in California, support was not universal. R.C. Hoiles, publisher of the Orange County Register, argued during the war that the internment was unethical and unconstitutional:It would seem that convicting people of disloyalty to our country without having specific evidence against them is too foreign to our way of life and too close akin to the kind of government we are fighting…. We must realize, as Henry Emerson Fosdick so wisely said, 'Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.'NEWS, Hoiles, R.C., In his own words: R.C. Hoiles on the WWII Japanese internment,weblink February 23, 2016, The Orange County Register, October 14, 1942, rchoiles,

Statement of military necessity as justification for internment

Niihau Incident

File:A Challenge to Democracy (1944).ogv|thumb|upright=1.3|A Challenge to Democracy was a twenty-minute film produced in 1944 by the War Relocation AuthorityWar Relocation AuthorityThe Niihau Incident occurred in December 1941, just after the Imperial Japanese Navy's attack on Pearl Harbor. Three Japanese Americans on the Hawaiian island of Niihau assisted a Japanese pilot, Shigenori Nishikaichi, who crashed there. Despite the incident, the Territorial Governor of Hawaii Joseph Poindexter rejected calls for the mass internment of the Japanese Americans living there.WEB,weblink HistoryNet, November 12, 2000, February 17, 2015, The Niihau Incident, HistoryNet, Hallstead, William,

Cryptography

In Magic: The Untold Story of U.S. Intelligence and the Evacuation of Japanese Residents From the West Coast During World War II, David Lowman, a former National Security Agency (NSA) operative, argues that Magic ("Magic" was the code-name for American code-breaking efforts) intercepts posed "frightening specter of massive espionage nets", thus justifying internment.Maki, Mitchell Takeshi and Kitano, Harry H. L. and Berthold, Sarah Megan. Achieving the Impossible Dream. 1999, p. 143 Lowman contended that incarceration served to ensure the secrecy of U.S. code-breaking efforts, because effective prosecution of Japanese Americans might necessitate disclosure of secret information. If U.S. code-breaking technology was revealed in the context of trials of individual spies, the Japanese Imperial Navy would change its codes, thus undermining U.S. strategic wartime advantage.Some scholars have criticized or dismissed Lowman's reasoning that "disloyalty" among some individual Japanese Americans could legitimize "incarcerating 120,000 people, including infants, the elderly, and the mentally ill".Leslie T. Hatamiya. Righting a Wrong. 1994, p. 106Hayashi, Brian Masaru. Democratizing the enemy: the Japanese American internment. 2004, p. 6BOOK, Irons, Peter., Justice At War: The Story of the Japanese American Internment Cases, University of Washington Press, 1993, 374–5, 0-520-08312-1,weblink Lowman's reading of the contents of the Magic cables has also been challenged, as some scholars contend that the cables demonstrate that Japanese Americans were not heeding the overtures of Imperial Japan to spy against the United States.Brian Niiya. Japanese American history. 1993, p. 222 According to one critic, Lowman's book has long since been "refuted and discredited".NEWS,weblink Book defends WWII internment of Japanese Americans, racial profiling, Seattle Post Intelligencer, January 24, 2010, {{dead link|date=June 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}}The controversial conclusions drawn by Lowman were defended by conservative commentator Michelle Malkin in her book In Defense of Internment; The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror (2004).Malkin, Michelle. In Defense of Internment. 2004, pp. 128, 135, 275. Malkin's defense of Japanese internment was due in part to reaction to what she describes as the "constant alarmism from Bush-bashers who argue that every counter-terror measure in America is tantamount to the internment".WEB, Malkin, Michelle,weblink In Defense Of Internment, Michelle Malkin, August 3, 2004, December 5, 2011, She criticized academia's treatment of the subject, and suggested that academics critical of Japanese internment had ulterior motives. Her book was widely criticized, particularly with regard to her reading of the "Magic" cables.WEB, Eric Muller,weblink So Let Me Get This Straight: Michelle Malkin Claims to Have Rewritten the History of Japanese Internment in Just 16 Months?, History Network, December 5, 2011, WEB,weblink Why the Media Should Stop Paying Attention to the New Book that Defends Japanese Internment, hnn.us, WEB, Khawaja, Irfan,weblink Japanese Internment: Why Daniel Pipes Is Wrong, Hnn.us, January 24, 2010, Daniel Pipes, also drawing on Lowman, has defended Malkin, and said that Japanese American internment was "a good idea" which offers "lessons for today".WEB, Daniel Pipes,weblink Japanese Internment: Why It Was a Good Idea – And the Lessons It Offers Today, Hnn.us, December 5, 2011,

United States District Court opinions

(File:Posted Japanese American Exclusion Order.jpg|thumb|Official notice of exclusion and removal)A letter by General DeWitt and Colonel Bendetsen expressing racist bias against Japanese Americans was circulated and then hastily redacted in 1943–1944. DeWitt's final report stated that, because of their race, it was impossible to determine the loyalty of Japanese Americans, thus necessitating internment.WEB,weblink Lt. Gen. J.L. DeWitt, Final Report; Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942, U.S. Army, June 5, 1943, March 3, 2011, The original version was so offensive – even in the atmosphere of the wartime 1940s – that Bendetsen ordered all copies to be destroyed.BOOK, Brian, Niiya, Final Report, Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast, 1942, February 1, 2014, Densho Encyclopedia,weblink File:Korematsu Yasui Hirabayashi.jpg|thumb|Fred Korematsu (left), Minoru Yasui (middle) and Gordon HirabayashiGordon HirabayashiIn 1980, a copy of the original Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast – 1942 was found in the National Archives, along with notes showing the numerous differences between the original and redacted versions.WEB,weblink Final Report, Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast, 1942 (book), Densho Encyclopedia, encyclopedia.densho.org, This earlier, racist and inflammatory version, as well as the FBI and Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) reports, led to the coram nobis retrials which overturned the convictions of Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi and Minoru Yasui on all charges related to their refusal to submit to exclusion and internment.NEWS,weblink Bad landmark; righting a racial wrong, March 3, 2011, November 21, 1983, Time Magazine, The courts found that the government had intentionally withheld these reports and other critical evidence, at trials all the way up to the Supreme Court, which proved that there was no military necessity for the exclusion and internment of Japanese Americans. In the words of Department of Justice officials writing during the war, the justifications were based on "willful historical inaccuracies and intentional falsehoods".

The Ringle Report

In May 2011, U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal, after a year of investigation, found Charles Fahy had intentionally withheld The Ringle Report drafted by the Office of Naval Intelligence, in order to justify the Roosevelt administration's actions in the cases of Hirabayashi v. United States and Korematsu v. United States. The report would have undermined the administration's position of the military necessity for such action, as it concluded that most Japanese Americans were not a national security threat, and that allegations of communication espionage had been found to be without basis by the FBI and Federal Communications Commission."The truth about WWII internment", Los Angeles Times, May 27, 2011. Accessed June 7, 2011

Newspaper editorials

Editorials from major newspapers at the time were generally supportive of the internment of the Japanese by the United States.A Los Angeles Times editorial dated February 19, 1942, stated that:Since Dec. 7 there has existed an obvious menace to the safety of this region in the presence of potential saboteurs and fifth columnists close to oil refineries and storage tanks, airplane factories, Army posts, Navy facilities, ports and communications systems. Under normal sensible procedure not one day would have elapsed after Pearl Harbor before the government had proceeded to round up and send to interior points all Japanese aliens and their immediate descendants for classification and possible internment.NEWS, Action on Japs, Los Angeles Times, February 19, 1942, A4, An Atlanta Constitution editorial dated February 20, 1942, stated that:The time to stop taking chances with Japanese aliens and Japanese-Americans has come. . . . While Americans have an inate [sic] distaste for stringent measures, every one must realize this is a total war, that there are no Americans running loose in Japan or Germany or Italy and there is absolutely no sense in this country running even the slightest risk of a major disaster from enemy groups within the nation.NEWS, Time To Get Tough, The Atlanta Constitution, February 20, 1942, 8, A Washington Post editorial dated February 22, 1942, stated that:There is but one way in which to regard the Presidential order empowering the Army to establish "military areas" from which citizens or aliens may be excluded. That is to accept the order as a necessary accompaniment of total defense.NEWS, Military Necessity, Washington Post, February 22, 1942, B6, A Los Angeles Times editorial dated February 28, 1942, stated that:As to a considerable number of Japanese, no matter where born, there is unfortunately no doubt whatever. They are for Japan; they will aid Japan in every way possible by espionage, sabotage and other activity; and they need to be restrained for the safety of California and the United States. And since there is no sure test for loyalty to the United States, all must be restrained. Those truly loyal will understand and make no objection.NEWS, Dies Confirms Need for Removal of Japs, Los Angeles Times, February 28, 1942, A4, A Los Angeles Times editorial dated December 8, 1942, stated that:The Japs in these centers in the United States have been afforded the very best of treatment, together with food and living quarters far better than many of them ever knew before, and a minimum amount of restraint. They have been as well fed as the Army and as well as or better housed. . . . The American people can go without milk and butter, but the Japs will be supplied.NEWS, Kindness to Alien Japs Proves Poor Policy, Los Angeles Times, December 8, 1942, A4, A Los Angeles Times editorial dated April 22, 1943, stated that:As a race, the Japanese have made for themselves a record for conscienceless treachery unsurpassed in history. Whatever small theoretical advantages there might be in releasing those under restraint in this country would be enormously outweighed by the risks involved.NEWS, Stupid and Dangerous, Los Angeles Times, April 22, 1943, A4,

Facilities

File:Photograph of Members of the Mochida Family Awaiting Evacuation - NARA - 537505 - Restoration.jpg|thumb|left|Hayward, California. "Members of the Mochida family awaiting evacuation bus. Identification tags are used to aid in keeping the family unit intact during all phases of evacuation. Mochida operated a nursery and five greenhouses on a two-acre site in (Alameda County, California#Former townships|Eden Township]]. He raised snapdragons and sweet peas."WEB,weblink Photograph of Members of the Mochida Family Awaiting Evacuation, National Archives, September 4, 2017,weblink September 5, 2017, live, mdy-all, )While this event is most commonly called the internment of Japanese Americans, the government operated several different types of camps holding Japanese Americans. The best known facilities were the military-run Wartime Civil Control Administration (WCCA) Assembly Centers and the civilian-run War Relocation Authority (WRA) Relocation Centers, which are generally (but unofficially) referred to as "internment camps". Scholars have urged dropping such euphemisms and refer to them as concentration camps and the people as incarcerated.{{Citation | last = Herzig Yoshinaga | first = AIko | url =weblink | title = Words Can Lie Or Clarify: Terminology Of The World War II Incarceration Of Japanese Americans | publisher = Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga | year = 2009 | accessdate = March 28, 2015}} The Department of Justice (DOJ) operated camps officially called Internment Camps, which were used to detain those suspected of crimes or of "enemy sympathies". The government also operated camps for a limited number of German Americans and Italian Americans, who sometimes were assigned to share facilities with the Japanese Americans. The WCCA and WRA facilities were the largest and the most public. The WCCA Assembly Centers were temporary facilities that were first set up in horse racing tracks, fairgrounds, and other large public meeting places to assemble and organize internees before they were transported to WRA Relocation Centers by truck, bus, or train. The WRA Relocation Centers were semi-permanent camps that housed persons removed from the exclusion zone after March 1942, or until they were able to relocate elsewhere in the United States outside the exclusion zone.

DOJ and Army internment camps

Eight U.S. Department of Justice Camps (in Texas, Idaho, North Dakota, New Mexico, and Montana) held Japanese Americans, primarily non-citizens and their families.WEB, Densho,weblink Sites of Shame (Note: click on Dept. of Justice Camps, July 13, 2019, The camps were run by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, under the umbrella of the DOJ, and guarded by Border Patrol agents rather than military police. The population of these camps included approximately 3,800 of the 5,500 Buddhist and Christian ministers, school instructors, newspaper workers, fishermen, and community leaders who had been accused of fifth column activity and arrested by the FBI after Pearl Harbor. (The remaining 1,700 were released to WRA relocation centers.) Immigrants and nationals of German and Italian ancestry were also held in these facilities, often in the same camps as Japanese Americans. Approximately 7,000 German Americans and 3,000 Italian Americans from Hawai'i and the U.S. mainland were interned in DOJ camps, along with 500 German seamen already in custody after being rescued from the SS Columbus in 1939.WEB, Alan, Rosenfeld,weblink German and Italian detainees, Densho, March 5, 2014, In addition 2,264 ethnic Japanese,BOOK, Niiya, Brian, Japanese American History: An A to Z History from 1868 to the Present, 1993, 191,weblink 0816026807, 4,058 ethnic Germans, and 288 ethnic Italians were deported from 19 Latin American countries for a later-abandoned hostage exchange program with Axis countries or confinement in DOJ camps.{{rp|145–48}}Several U.S. Army internment camps held Japanese, Italian, and German American men considered "potentially dangerous". Camp Lordsburg, in New Mexico, was the only site built specifically to confine Japanese Americans. In May 1943, the Army was given responsibility for the detention of prisoners of war and all civilian internees were transferred to DOJ camps.

WCCA Civilian Assembly Centers

File:Hayward, California. Friends say good-bye as family of Japanese ancestry await evacuation bus. Bag . . . - NARA - 537514.jpg|thumb|This (Dorothea Lange]] photo (May 8, 1942) was captioned: "Hayward, California. Friends say good-bye as a family of Japanese ancestry await evacuation bus. Baggage of evacuees, mostly from small farms in Alameda County, was piled on sidewalk. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.")Executive Order 9066 authorized the removal of all persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast; however, it was signed before there were any facilities completed to house the displaced Japanese Americans. After the voluntary evacuation program failed to result in many families leaving the exclusion zone, the military took charge of the now-mandatory evacuation. On April 9, 1942, the Wartime Civilian Control Administration (WCCA)Brian Niiya. "Wartime Civil Control Administration," Densho Encyclopedia (accessed March 14, 2014). was established by the Western Defense Command to coordinate the forced removal of Japanese Americans to inland concentration camps.The relocation centers faced opposition from inland communities near the proposed sites who disliked the idea of their new "Jap" neighbors. In addition, government forces were struggling to build what would essentially be self-sufficient towns in very isolated, undeveloped, and harsh regions of the country; they were not prepared to house the influx of over 110,000 evacuees.American Concentration Camps, Roger Daniels, Vol. 4 April 1942, Garland Publishing, New York, 1989. Since Japanese Americans living in the restricted zone were considered too dangerous to conduct their daily business, the military decided it had to house them in temporary centers until the relocation centers were completed.Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites, Jeffery F. Burton, Mary M. Farrell, Florence B. Lord, and Richard W. Lord, Chapter 16, NPS. Retrieved August 31, 2006.Under the direction of Colonel Karl Bendetsen, existing facilities had been designated for conversion to WCCA use in March 1942, and the Army Corps of Engineers finished construction on these sites on April 21, 1942.Konrad Linke. "Assembly centers," Densho Encyclopedia (accessed March 14, 2014). All but four of the 15 confinement sites (12 in California, and one each in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona) had previously been racetracks or fairgrounds. The stables and livestock areas were cleaned out and hastily converted to living quarters for families of up to six, while wood and tarpaper barracks were constructed for additional housing, as well as communal latrines, laundry facilities, and mess halls. A total of 92,193 Japanese Americans were transferred to these temporary detention centers from March to August 1942. (18,026 more had been taken directly to two "reception centers" that were developed as the Manzanar and Poston WRA camps.) The WCCA was dissolved on March 15, 1943, when it became the War Relocation Authority and turned its attentions to the more permanent relocation centers.WRA Relocation CentersConfinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites, Jeffery F. Burton, Mary M. Farrell, Florence B. Lord, and Richard W. Lord, Chapter 3, NPS. Retrieved August 31, 2006.">

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!Name!State!Opened!Max. Pop'n
Tule Lake War Relocation Center>Tule Lake|California|May 1942|18,789
Poston War Relocation Center>Poston|Arizona|May 1942|17,814
Gila River War Relocation Center>Gila River|Arizona|July 1942|13,348
Granada War Relocation Center>Granada|Colorado|August 1942|7,318
Heart Mountain War Relocation Center>Heart Mountain| Wyoming|August 1942|10,767
Minidoka War Relocation Center>Minidoka|Idaho|August 1942|9,397
Topaz War Relocation Center>Topaz| Utah|September 1942|8,130
Rohwer War Relocation Center>Rohwer|Arkansas|September 1942|8,475
Jerome War Relocation Center>Jerome|Arkansas|October 1942|8,497
The War Relocation Authority (WRA) was the U.S. civilian agency responsible for the relocation and detention. The WRA was created by President Roosevelt on March 18, 1942, with Executive Order 9102 and officially ceased to exist June 30, 1946. Milton S. Eisenhower, then an official of the Department of Agriculture, was chosen to head the WRA. In the 1943 US Government film Japanese Relocation he said, "This picture tells how the mass migration was accomplished. Neither the Army, not the War Relocation Authority relish the idea of taking men, women and children from their homes, their shops and their farms. So, the military and civilian agencies alike, determined to do the job as a democracy should—with real consideration for the people involved."WEB, Japanese Relocation Archived from the original (FILM- original film viewable for free) on 16 July 2002. Retrieved,weblink The Internet Archive, U.S. Office of War Information, 17 November 2017, 1943, Neither the Army, not the War Relocation Authority relish the idea of taking men, women and children from their homes, their shops and their farms. So, the military and civilian agencies alike, determined to do the job as a democracy should—with real consideration for the people involved., Dillon S. Myer replaced Eisenhower three months later on June 17, 1942. Myer served as Director of the WRA until the centers were closed.Japanese Americans From Relocation to Redress. Daniels, Roger, Sandra Taylor, Harry Kitano. Seattle Washington. University of Washington Press, 1991. Within nine months, the WRA had opened ten facilities in seven states, and transferred over 100,000 people from the WCCA facilities.The WRA camp at Tule Lake, though initially like the other camps, eventually was used as a detention center for people believed to pose a security risk. Tule Lake also served as a "segregation center" for individuals and families who were deemed "disloyal", and for those who were to be deported to Japan.

List of camps

File:Eleanor Roosevelt at Gila River, Arizona at Japanese-American Internment Center - NARA - 197094.jpg|thumb|Dillon S. Myer with First Lady Eleanor RooseveltEleanor Roosevelt(File:Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A Music class. Vocal lessons are taught by Miss Leola . . . - NARA - 538951.tif|thumb|Music class at the Rohwer Relocation Center)(File:Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Allen Hagio, a former California artist, preparing a . . . - NARA - 539380.jpg|thumb|upright|Former California artist Allen Hagio preparing a sign at the Rohwer Relocation Center)There were three types of camps. Civilian Assembly Centers were temporary camps, frequently located at horse tracks, where Japanese Americans were sent as they were removed from their communities. Eventually, most were sent to Relocation Centers, also known as internment camps. Detention camps housed Nikkei considered to be disruptive or of special interest to the government.

Civilian Assembly Centers

Relocation Centers

(File:Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Residents of Japanese ancestry, at the H . . . - NARA - 539235.jpg|thumb|Heart Mountain Relocation Center, January 10, 1943)(File:Sacaton-Japanese Relocation Camp Ruins-5.jpg|thumb|Ruins of the buildings in the Gila River War Relocation Center of Camp Butte)(File:Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Harvesting spinach. - NARA - 538316.jpg|thumb|Harvesting spinach. Tule Lake Relocation Center, September 8, 1942)File:Ansel Adams Manzanar - Nursery, orphan infants - LC-DIG-ppprs-00170.jpg|thumb|Nurse tending four orphaned babies at the Manzanar Children's VillageManzanar Children's Village(File:Ansel Adams Manzanar - Children's Village - LC-DIG-ppprs-00362.jpg|thumb|Manzanar Children's Village superintendent Harry Matsumoto with several orphan children)

Justice Department detention camps

These camps often held German-American and Italian-American detainees in addition to Japanese Americans:WEB, Japanese American Internment Camps,weblink October 2, 2007,

Citizen Isolation Centers

The Citizen Isolation Centers were for those considered to be problem inmates.

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Detainees convicted of crimes, usually draft resistance, were sent to these sites, mostly federal prisons:

U.S. Army facilities

These camps often held German and Italian detainees in addition to Japanese Americans:

Immigration and Naturalization Service facilities

These immigration detention stations held the roughly 5,500 men arrested immediately after Pearl Harbor, in addition to several thousand German and Italian detainees, and served as processing centers from which the men were transferred to DOJ or Army camps:Burton, J.; Farrell, M.; Lord, F.; Lord, R. Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites, "Temporary Detention Stations {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20141106045425weblink |date=November 6, 2014 }}" (National Park Service, 2000). Retrieved August 13, 2014.

Exclusion, removal, and detention

(File:Japanese internment detainees.jpg|thumb|left|Japanese Americans in front of posters with internment orders)Somewhere between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were subject to this mass exclusion program, of whom about 80,000 Nisei (second generation) and Sansei (third generation) were U.S. citizens. The rest were Issei (first generation) who were subject to internment under the Alien Enemies Act; many of these "resident aliens" had been inhabitants of the United States for decades, but had been deprived by law of being able to become naturalized citizens. Also part of the West Coast removal were 101 orphaned children of Japanese descent taken from orphanages and foster homes within the exclusion zone.Tawa, Renee. Childhood Lost: The Orphans of Manzanar", Los Angeles Times,'' March 11, 1997 (accessed May 23, 2014).Internees of Japanese descent were first sent to one of 17 temporary "Civilian Assembly Centers", where most awaited transfer to more permanent relocation centers being constructed by the newly formed War Relocation Authority (WRA). Some of those who reported to the civilian assembly centers were not sent to relocation centers, but were released under the condition that they remain outside the prohibited zone until the military orders were modified or lifted. Almost 120,000 Japanese Americans and resident Japanese aliens were eventually removed from their homes on the West Coast and Southern Arizona as part of the single largest forced relocation in U.S. history.Most of these camps/residences, gardens, and stock areas were placed on Native American reservations, for which the Native Americans were formally compensated. The Native American councils disputed the amounts negotiated in absentia by US government authorities. They later sued to gain relief and additional compensation for some items of dispute.JOURNAL
, Docket No. 236-A, 236-B, Gila River Indian Community v. The United States of America
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Under the National Student Council Relocation Program (supported primarily by the American Friends Service Committee), students of college age were permitted to leave the camps to attend institutions willing to accept students of Japanese ancestry. Although the program initially granted leave permits to a very small number of students, this eventually included 2,263 students by December 31, 1943.Source: War Relocation Authority annual reports

Conditions in the camps

In 1943, Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes wrote "the situation in at least some of the Japanese internment camps is bad and is becoming worse rapidly."WEB,weblink FDR-51: Letter, Harold L. Ickes to FDR, and Letter, FDR to Harold L. Ickes re: Conditions in Japanese-American Internment Camps, April 13 & 24, 1943 OF 4849: War Relocation Authority, 1943 (Box 1), April 13, 1943, December 11, 2015, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, The quality of life in the camps was heavily influenced by which government entity was responsible for them. INS Camps were regulated by international treaty. The legal difference between interned and relocated had significant effects on those locked up. INS camps were required to provide food quality and housing at the minimum equal to that experienced by the lowest ranked person in the military.(File:DensonRelocationCampUmbrellaGirl.jpg|thumb|upright=0.9|left|Trudging through the mud during rainy weather at the Jerome Relocation Center)According to a 1943 War Relocation Authority report, internees were housed in "tar paper-covered barracks of simple frame construction without plumbing or cooking facilities of any kind". The spartan facilities met international laws, but left much to be desired. Many camps were built quickly by civilian contractors during the summer of 1942 based on designs for military barracks, making the buildings poorly equipped for cramped family living.www.history.com Throughout many camps, twenty-five people were forced to live in space built to contain four, leaving no room for privacy.Sandler, Martin. Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II. New York: Walker of Bloomsbury, 2013.The Heart Mountain War Relocation Center in northwestern Wyoming was a barbed-wire-surrounded enclave with unpartitioned toilets, cots for beds, and a budget of 45 cents daily per capita for food rations.{{clarify|reason=For feeding people "wholesale", 45 cts/day was not bad then. There was zero inflation due to price controls. I did something like this in the 1950s in a military commissary. They ate well. Lacks context|date=November 2014}}WEB
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, File:"Persons of Japanese ancestry arrive at the Santa Anita Assembly Center from San Pedro. Evacuees lived at this center at - NARA - 539960.jpg|thumb|Dust storm at the ManzanarManzanarArmed guards were posted at the camps, which were all in remote, desolate areas far from population centers. Internees were typically allowed to stay with their families. There are documented instances of guards shooting internees who reportedly attempted to walk outside the fences. One such shooting, that of James Wakasa at Topaz, led to a re-evaluation of the security measures in the camps. Some camp administrations eventually allowed relatively free movement outside the marked boundaries of the camps. Nearly a quarter of the internees left the camps to live and work elsewhere in the United States, outside the exclusion zone. Eventually, some were authorized to return to their hometowns in the exclusion zone under supervision of a sponsoring American family or agency whose loyalty had been assured.BOOK
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The phrase "shikata ga nai" (loosely translated as "it cannot be helped") was commonly used to summarize the interned families' resignation to their helplessness throughout these conditions. This was noticed by their children, as mentioned in the well-known memoir Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston. Further, it is noted that parents may have internalized these emotions to withhold their disappointment and anguish from affecting their children. Nevertheless, children still were cognizant of this emotional repression.WEB
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Medical care

Before the war, 87 physicians and surgeons, 137 nurses, 105 dentists, 132 pharmacists, 35 optometrists, and 92 lab technicians provided healthcare to the Japanese American population, with most practicing in urban centers like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. As the eviction from the West Coast was carried out, the Wartime Civilian Control Administration worked with the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and many of these professionals to establish infirmaries within the temporary assembly centers. An Issei doctor was appointed to manage each facility, and additional healthcare staff worked under his supervision, although the USPHS recommendation of one physician for every 1,000 inmates and one nurse to 200 inmates was not met. Overcrowded and unsanitary conditions forced assembly center infirmaries to prioritize inoculations over general care, obstetrics, and surgeries; at Manzanar, for example, hospital staff performed over 40,000 immunizations against typhoid and smallpox.WEB, Fiset, Louis,weblink Medical care in camp, Densho Encyclopedia, November 3, 2014, {{clarify|reason=compared to how many general care/ob/surgery patients?|date=April 2015}} Food poisoning was common and also demanded significant attention. Those who were interned in Topaz, Minidoka, and Jerome experienced outbreaks of dysentery.Facilities in the more permanent "relocation centers" eventually surpassed the makeshift assembly center infirmaries, but in many cases these hospitals were incomplete when inmates began to arrive and were not fully functional for several months. Additionally, vital medical supplies such as medications and surgical and sterilization equipment were limited. The staff shortages suffered in the assembly centers continued in the WRA camps. The administration's decision to invert the management structure and demote Japanese American medical workers to positions below white employees, while capping their pay rate at a $20/month, further exacerbated this problem. (At Heart Mountain, for example, Japanese American doctors received $19/month compared to white nurses' $150/month.)Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation. "Life in Camp" Retrieved November 17, 2014WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080304013224weblink">weblink 2019-02-05, dead, A Brief History of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center and the Japanese American Experience, chem.nwc.cc.wy.us, Mackey, Mike, October 18, 2019, The war had caused a shortage of healthcare professionals across the country, and the camps often lost potential recruits to outside hospitals that offered better pay and living conditions. When the WRA began to allow some Japanese Americans to leave camp, many Nikkei medical professionals resettled outside camp. Those who remained had little authority in administration of the hospitals. Combined with the inequitable payment of salaries between white and Japanese American employees, conflicts arose at several hospitals, and there were two Japanese American walk-outs at Heart Mountain in 1943.Despite a shortage of healthcare workers, limited access to equipment, and tension between white administrators and Japanese American staff, these hospitals provided much needed medical care in camp. The extreme climates of the remote incarceration sites were hard on infants and elderly prisoners. The frequent dust storms of the high desert locations led to increased cases of asthma and coccidioidomycosis, while the swampy, mosquito-infested Arkansas camps exposed residents to malaria, all of which were treated in camp. Almost 6,000 live deliveries were performed in these hospitals, and all mothers received pre- and postnatal care. The WRA recorded 1,862 deaths across the ten camps, with cancer, heart disease, tuberculosis, and vascular disease accounting for the majority.

Education

File:San Francisco, California. Flag of allegiance pledge at Raphael Weill Public School, Geary and Buch . . . - NARA - 536053.jpg|Flag of allegiance pledge at Raphael Weill Public School, Geary and Buchanan Streets, San Francisco, April 20, 1942File:Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Lily Namimoto, teacher. Student teachers in second gr . . . - NARA - 538958.jpg|Teacher Lily Namimoto and her second grade classFile:Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Fourth Grade School in Barracks 3-4-B. - NARA - 538953.jpg|Fourth grade class in barracks 3-4-B at RohwerFile:Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. General Office in the High School. - NARA - 538966.jpg|General office in the high school at RohwerFile:Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. D. L. Cook. Senior Physics Class in Barracks 11-F at . . . - NARA - 538981.jpg|Senior physics class in barracks 11-F at the temporary high school quartersFile:Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A part of the brass section of the High School Band, . . . - NARA - 539378.jpg|A part of the brass section of the high school bandOf the 110,000 Japanese Americans detained by the United States government during World War II, 30,000 were children.BOOK, James, Thomas, Exile within: The Schooling of Japanese Americans, 1942–1945, October 1, 2013, Harvard University Press, 978-0674184725,weblink Most were school-age children, so educational facilities were set up in the camps. Allowing them to continue their education, however, did not erase the potential for traumatic experiences during their overall time in the camps.WEB, Children of the Camps,weblink PBS.org, February 10, 2015, The government had not adequately planned for the camps, and no real budget or plan was set aside for the new camp educational facilities.Hui Wu, "Writing and Teaching Behind Barbed Wire: An Exiled Composition Class in a Japanese Internment Camp", College Composition and Communication, Vol. 59, No. 2, December 2007{{subscription required|via JSTOR}} Camp schoolhouses were crowded and had insufficient materials, books, notebooks, and desks for students. Not only that the education/instruction was all in English, the schools in Japanese internment camps also didn't have any books or supplies to go on as they opened. The state decided to issue a few books only a month after the opening.JOURNAL, Foster, Karen, 11 Sep 2015, Teaching Literacy Behind Barbed Wire in WWII: Elementary Schools in Japanese-American Internment Camps in Arkansas, Childhood Education, 91, 5, 378–87, 10.1080/00094056.2015.1090853, Wood stoves were used to heat the buildings, and instead of using separate rooms for different kinds of activities only partitions were used to accomplish that. Japanese internment camps also did not have any libraries (and consequently no library books), writing arm chairs or desks, and no science equipment.JOURNAL, Bearden, R, 1989, Life inside Arkansas' Japanese-American relocation centers., Arkansas Historical Quarterly, XLVIII, 2, 169–96, 10.2307/40030791, 40030791, These 'schoolhouses' were essentially prison blocks that contained few windows. In the Southwest, when temperatures rose and the schoolhouse filled, the rooms would be sweltering and unbearable. Class sizes were immense. At the height of its attendance, the Rohwer Camp of Arkansas reached 2,339, with only 45 certified teachers.Wu (2007), "Writing and Teaching", pg. 241 The student to teacher ratio in the camps was 48:1 in elementary schools and 35:1 for secondary schools, compared to the national average of 28:1.Wu (2007), "Writing and Teaching", pg. 240 This was due to a few things. One of them was that there was a general teacher shortage in the US at the moment, and the fact that the teachers were required to live in those poor conditions in the camps themselves. "There was persistent mud or dust, heat, mosquitoes, poor food and living conditions, inadequate instructional supplies, and a half mile or more walk each day just to and from the school block".JOURNAL, Bearden, R, 1989, Life inside Arkansas' Japanese-American relocation centers, Arkansas Historical Quarterly, XLVIII, 189, Despite the triple salary increase in the internment camps, they were still unable to fill in all the needed teacher positions with certified personnel, and so in the end they had to hire non-certified teacher detainees to help out the teachers as assistants.The rhetorical curriculum of the schools was based mostly on the study of "the democratic ideal and to discover its many implications".Wu (2007), "Writing and Teaching", pg. 243 English compositions researched at the Jerome and Rohwer camps in Arkansas focused on these 'American ideals', and many of the compositions pertained to the camps. Responses were varied, as schoolchildren of the Topaz camp were patriotic and believed in the war effort, but could not ignore the fact of their incarceration.George W. Chilcoat (Adapter, Author), Michael O. Tunnell (Author), The Children of Topaz: The Story of a Japanese Internment Camp, Based on a Classroom Diary, Holiday House, 1996 (Children's book) To build patriotism, the Japanese language was banned in the camps, forcing the children to learn English and then go home and teach their Issei parents.Wu, Hui. "Writing and Teaching behind Barbed Wire: An Exiled Composition Class in a Japanese-American Internment." 59 College Composition & Communication (Dec 2007): 327–262.

Sports

File:Ansel Adams, Baseball game at Manzanar, 1943.jpg|A baseball game at Manzanar. Picture by Ansel Adams c. 1943.File:Smithsonian photo of softball from Heart Mountain Relocation Center.jpg|Smithsonian photo of softball from the Heart Mountain Relocation CenterFile:Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A basketball game between the Roywl Dukes, which is a . . . - NARA - 539539.jpg|A basketball game at the Rohwer Relocation CenterFile:Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A group of girls who are residents at this center, and . . . - NARA - 538915.jpg|A group of girls around a puppy at a football gameFile:Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A tense moment in a football game between Stockton and . . . - NARA - 539139.jpg|A tense moment in a football game between the Stockton and Santa Anita teamsFile:Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A Judo class. Classes are held every afternoon and ev . . . - NARA - 538945.jpg|A judo class at Rohwer. Classes were held every afternoon and evening.Although life in the camps was very difficult, Japanese Americans formed many different sports teams, including baseball and football teams.WEB,weblink Japanese Americans at Manzanar, February 10, 2015, National Park Service, United States, In January 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued what came to be known as the "Green Light Letter" to MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, which urged him to continue playing Major League Baseball games despite the ongoing war. In it Roosevelt said that "baseball provides a recreation", and this was true for Japanese American incarcerees as well. Over 100 baseball teams were formed in the Manzanar camp so that Japanese Americans could have some recreation, and some of the team names were carry-overs from teams formed before the incarceration.WEB,weblink For Incarcerated Japanese-Americans, Baseball Was 'Wearing the American Flag', June 20, 2014, February 10, 2015, New York Times, NY Times, Michael, Beschloss, Both men and women participated in the sports. In some cases, the Japanese American baseball teams from the camps traveled to outside communities to play other teams. Incarcerees from Idaho competed in the state tournament in 1943, and there were games between the prison guards and the Japanese American teams.WEB,weblink Sports and recreation in camp, 2015, February 10, 2015, Densho Encyclopedia, Rafferty-Osaki, Terumi, Branch Rickey, who would be responsible for bringing Jackie Robinson into Major League Baseball in 1947, sent a letter to all of the WRA camps expressing interest in scouting some of the Nisei players. In the fall of 1943, three players tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers in front of MLB scout George Sisler, however, none of them made the team.

Student leave to attend Eastern colleges

Although most Nisei college students followed their families into camp, a small number tried to arrange for transfers to schools outside the exclusion zone in order to continue their education. Their initial efforts expanded as sympathetic college administrators and the American Friends Service Committee began to coordinate a larger student relocation program. The Friends petitioned WRA Director Milton Eisenhower to place college students in Eastern and Midwestern academic institutions. The National Japanese American Student Relocation Council was formed on May 29, 1942, and the AFSC administered the program.WEB, Austin, Allan W.,weblink National Japanese American Student Relocation Council, Densho Encyclopedia, August 18, 2014, By September 1942, after the initial roundup of Japanese Americans, 250 students from assembly centers and WRA camps were back at school.{{citation needed|date=August 2014}} Their tuition, book costs, and living expenses were absorbed by the U.S. government, private foundations, and church scholarships, in addition to significant fundraising efforts led by Issei parents in camp. Outside camp, the students took on the role of "ambassadors of good will", and the NJASRC and WRA promoted this image to soften anti-Japanese prejudice and prepare the public for the resettlement of Japanese Americans in their communities. At Earlham College, President William Dennis helped institute a program that enrolled several dozen Japanese-American students in order to spare them from incarceration. While this action was controversial in Richmond, Indiana, it helped strengthen the college's ties to Japan and the Japanese-American community.Historical brochure, Earlham College {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20120415100752weblink |date=April 15, 2012 }} At Oberlin College, about 40 evacuated Nisei students were enrolled. One of them, Kenji Okuda, was elected as student council president.NEWS, Winter, 12–17, Oberlin vouches for them ..., Oberlin Alumni Magazine, August 18, 2014, 2013,weblink In total, over 600 institutions east of the exclusion zone opened their doors to more than 4,000 college-age youth who had been placed behind barbed wire, many of whom were enrolled in West Coast schools prior to their removal. The NJASRC ceased operations on June 7, 1946.

Loyalty questions and segregation

In early 1943, War Relocation Authority officials, working with the War Department and the Office of Naval Intelligence,Cherstin M. Lyon. "Loyalty questionnaire," Densho Encyclopedia (accessed March 14, 2014). circulated a questionnaire in an attempt to determine the loyalty of incarcerated Nisei men they hoped to recruit into military service. The "Statement of United States Citizen of Japanese Ancestry" was initially given only to Nisei who were eligible for service (or would have been, but for the 4-C classification imposed on them at the start of the war). Authorities soon revised the questionnaire and required all adults in camp to complete the form. Most of the 28 questions were designed to assess the "Americanness" of the respondent — had they been educated in Japan or the U.S.? were they Buddhist or Christian? did they practice judo or play on a baseball team? The final two questions on the form, which soon came to be known as the "loyalty questionnaire", were more direct:Across the camps, persons who answered No to both questions became known as "No Nos".While most camp inmates simply answered "yes" to both questions, several thousand — 17 percent of the total respondents, 20 percent of the NiseiCherstin M. Lyon. "Segregation," Densho Encyclopedia (accessed March 14, 2014). — gave negative or qualified replies out of confusion, fear or anger at the wording and implications of the questionnaire. In regard to Question 27, many worried that expressing a willingness to serve would be equated with volunteering for combat, while others felt insulted at being asked to risk their lives for a country that had imprisoned them and their families. An affirmative answer to Question 28 brought up other issues. Some believed that renouncing their loyalty to Japan would suggest that they had at some point been loyal to Japan and disloyal to the United States. Many believed they were to be deported to Japan no matter how they answered; they feared an explicit disavowal of the Emperor would become known and make such resettlement extremely difficult.On July 15, 1943, Tule Lake, the site with the highest number of "no" responses to the questionnaire, was designated to house inmates whose answers suggested they were "disloyal". During the remainder of 1943 and into early 1944, more than 12,000 men, women and children were transferred from other camps to the maximum-security Tule Lake Segregation Center.After these insults, the government passed the Renunciation Act of 1944, a law that made it possible for Nisei and Kibei to renounce their American citizenship. A total of 5,589 internees opted to do so; 5,461 of these were sent to Tule Lake.WEB,weblink Tule Lake Committee - tulelake.org, tulelake.org, January 24, 2010, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100227044219weblink">weblink February 27, 2010, mdy-all, Of those who renounced US citizenship, 1,327 were repatriated to Japan. Those persons who stayed in the US faced discrimination from the Japanese-American community, both during and after the war, for having made that choice of renunciation. At the time, they feared what their futures held were they to remain American, and remain interned.These renunciations of American citizenship have been highly controversial, for a number of reasons. Some apologists for internment have cited the renunciations as evidence that "disloyalty" or anti-Americanism was well represented among the interned peoples, thereby justifying the internment.Malkin, Michelle. In Defense of Internment. 2004, p. 111. Many historians have dismissed the latter argument, for its failure to consider that the small number of individuals in question had been mistreated and persecuted by their own government at the time of the "renunciation":Ng, Wendy L. Japanese American Internment During World War II. 2002, p. 61Niiya, Brian. Japanese American History. 1993, p. 293[T]he renunciations had little to do with "loyalty" or "disloyalty" to the United States, but were instead the result of a series of complex conditions and factors that were beyond the control of those involved. Prior to discarding citizenship, most or all of the renunciants had experienced the following misfortunes: forced removal from homes; loss of jobs; government and public assumption of disloyalty to the land of their birth based on race alone; and incarceration in a "segregation center" for "disloyal" ISSEI or NISEI...Minoru Kiyota, who was among those who renounced his citizenship and soon came to regret the decision, has said that he wanted only "to express my fury toward the government of the United States", for his internment and for the mental and physical duress, as well as the intimidation, he was made to face.Ngai, Mae M. Impossible Subjects. 2004, p. 192Civil rights attorney Wayne M. Collins successfully challenged most of these renunciations as invalid, owing to the conditions of duress and intimidation under which the government obtained them.JOURNAL, Christgau, John, Collins versus the World: The Fight to Restore Citizenship to Japanese American Renunciants of World War II, Pacific Historical Review, 54, 1, 1–31, University of California Press, February 1985, 3638863, 10.2307/3638863, Many of the deportees were Issei (first generation) or Kibei, who often had difficulty with English and often did not understand the questions they were asked. Even among those Issei who had a clear understanding, Question 28 posed an awkward dilemma: Japanese immigrants were denied U.S. citizenship at the time, so when asked to renounce their Japanese citizenship, answering "Yes" would have made them stateless persons.Yamamoto, Traise. Masking Selves, Making Subjects. 1999, p. 284When the government began seeking army volunteers from among the camps, only 6% of military-aged male inmates volunteered to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.{{Citation needed|date=February 2007}} Most of those who refused tempered that refusal with statements of willingness to fight if they were restored their rights as American citizens. Eventually 33,000 Japanese-American men and many Japanese-American women served in the U.S. military during World War II, of which 20,000 served in the U.S. Army.WEB,weblink Japanese American women in World World II, WEB, Japanese Americans in military during World War II {{!, Densho Encyclopedia |url=http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Japanese_Americans_in_military_during_World_War_II/ |website=encyclopedia.densho.org |accessdate=6 June 2019}}File:442nd US Army RCT squad leader in france.jpg|thumb|left|The 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team, which was composed primarily of Japanese Americans, served with uncommon distinction in the European Theatre of World War II. Some of the U.S. soldiers serving in the unit had families who were held in concentration campconcentration campThe 100th Infantry Battalion which was formed in June 1942 with 1,432 men of Japanese descent from the Hawaii National Guard was sent to Camps McCoy and Shelby for advanced training.weblink Because of the 100th's superior training record, the War Department authorized the formation of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. When the call was made, 10,000 young men from Hawaii volunteered with eventually 2,686 being chosen along with 1,500 from the continental U.S.weblink The 100th Infantry Battalion landed in Salerno, Italy in September 1943 and became known as the Purple Heart Battalion. This legendary outfit was joined by the 442nd RCT in June 1944, and this combined unit became the most highly decorated U.S. military unit of its size and duration in U.S. military history.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071104172145weblink">weblink November 4, 2007, President Clinton Approves Medal of Honor for Asian Pacific American World War II Heroes, US Army, May 12, 2000, October 20, 2008, The 442nd's Nisei segregated field artillery battalion, then on detached service within the U.S. Army in Bavaria, liberated at least one of the satellite labor camps of the Nazis' original Dachau concentration camp on April 29, 1945,WEB,weblink Central Europe Campaign – (522nd Field Artillery Battalion), Go For Broke National Education Center, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20091125092614weblink">weblink November 25, 2009, mdy-all, and only days later, on May 2, halted a death march in southern Bavaria.WEB,weblink Central Europe Campaign – 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, 2015-01-12, In fact, the brutal death marches south had already begun on April 24. Jewish prisoners from the outer Dachau camps were marched to Dachau, and then 70 miles south. Many of the Jewish marchers weighed less than 80 pounds. Shivering in their tattered striped uniforms, the "skeletons" marched 10 to 15 hours a day, passing more than a dozen Bavarian towns. If they stopped or fell behind, the SS guards shot them and left their corpses along the road. Thousands died from exposure, exhaustion, and starvation. On May 2, the death march was outside Waakirchen, Germany, near the Austrian border, when the 522nd came across the marchers. That day, soldiers from the 522nd were patrolling near Waakirchen. The Nisei saw an open field with several hundred "lumps in the snow". When the soldiers looked closer they realized the "lumps" were people. Some were shot. Some were dead from exposure. Hundreds were alive. But barely. The 522nd discovered hundreds of prisoners with black and white prison garb, shaven heads, sunken eyes, and hollowed cheeks. Some roamed aimlessly around the countryside. Some were too weak to move. All were severely malnourished. One soldier gave a starving Jewish prisoner a candy bar, but his system couldn't handle solid food. Then the Americans were told not to give food to the prisoners because it could do them more harm than good. For the next three days, the Nisei helped the prisoners to shelter and tended to their needs as best as they could. They carried the survivors into warm houses and barns. The soldiers gave them blankets, water and tiny bits of food to ease them back from starvation. The soldiers left Waakirchen on May 4, still deeply disturbed by the harrowing scenes of the Jewish prisoners., WEB,weblink Search Results, www.ushmm.org,

Proving commitment to the United States

Many Nisei worked to prove themselves as loyal American citizens. Of the 20,000 Japanese Americans who served in the Army during World War II, "many Japanese-American soldiers had gone to war to fight racism at home"Takaki, Ronald T. "A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America". Boston: Little, Brown. 1993. Print, p. 384. and they were "proving with their blood, their limbs, and their bodies that they were truly American".Takaki, Ronald T. "A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America". Boston: Little, Brown 1993. Print, p. 385. Some one hundred Nisei women volunteered for the WAC (Women's Army Corps), where, after undergoing rigorous basic training, they had assignments as typists, clerks, and drivers. A smaller number of women also volunteered to serve as nurses for the ANC (Army Nurse Corps).BOOK, Serving Our Country: Japanese American Women in the Military during World War II, Moore, Brenda L., Rutgers University Press, 2003, 978-0813532783, New Brunswick, NJ,weblink Satoshi Ito, an internment camp internee, reinforces the idea of the immigrants' children striving to demonstrate their patriotism to the United States. He notes that his mother would tell him, "'you're here in the United States, you need to do well in school, you need to prepare yourself to get a good job when you get out into the larger society'".Ito, Satoshi Interview. 01.MP3, "Ito Interview Interview Part 1", weblink, time 11:35. He said she would tell him, "'don't be a dumb farmer like me, like us'"Ito, Satoshi Interview. 01.MP3, "Ito Interview Interview Part 1", weblink, time 10:36. to encourage Ito to successfully assimilate into American society. As a result, he worked exceptionally hard to excel in school and later became a professor at the College of William & Mary. His story, along with the countless Japanese Americans willing to risk their lives in war, demonstrate the lengths many in their community went to prove their American patriotism.

Other concentration camps

{{Further|German American internment|Italian American internment|Japanese Canadian internment}}As early as September 1931, with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, US officials began to compile lists of individuals, particularly focused on the Issei.BOOK,weblink Judgment Without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment During World War II, University of Washington Press, Seattle, Kashima, Tetsuden, 2003, 16, These data were eventually included in the Custodial Detention index (CDI). Agents in the Department of Justice's Special Defense Unit classified the subjects into three groups: A, B, and C, with A being "most dangerous", and C being "possibly dangerous".WEB,weblink Custodial detention / A-B-C list, densho.org, Tetsuden Kashima, September 29, 2019, After the Pearl Harbor attack, Roosevelt authorized his attorney general to put into motion a plan for the arrest of thousands of individuals on the potential enemy alien lists, most of them were Japanese-American community leaders. Armed with a blanket arrest warrant, the FBI seized these men on the eve of December 8, 1941. These men were held in municipal jails and prisons until they were moved to Department of Justice detention camps, separate from those of the Wartime Relocation Authority (WRA). These camps operated under far more stringent conditions and were subject to heightened criminal-style guards, despite the absence of criminal proceedings.BOOK,weblink Ch. 3: The Internment Process of the Justice and War Departments, Judgment Without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment During World War II, University of Washington Press, Seattle, Kashima, Tetsuden, 2003, 43-66, Memoirs about the camps include those by Keiho SogaBOOK,weblink Life Behind Barbed Wire: The World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawaiʻi Issei, University of Hawaiʻi Press, Honolulu, Keiho Soga, 2008, and Toru Matsumoto.BOOK, A Brother is a Stranger, John Day Company, New York, Toru Matsumoto, 1946, Crystal City, Texas, was one such camp where Japanese Americans, German Americans, Italian Americans, and a large number of U.S.-seized, Axis-descended nationals from several Latin-American countries were interned.The Canadian government also confined its citizens with Japanese ancestry during World War II (see Japanese Canadian internment), for much the same reasons of fear and prejudice. Some Latin American countries of the Pacific Coast, such as Peru, interned ethnic Japanese or sent them to the United States for internment. Brazil also restricted its Japanese Brazilian population.Agence France-Presse/Jiji Press, "Peru sorry for WWII internments", Japan Times, June 16, 2011, p. 2.

Hawaii

Although Japanese Americans in Hawaii comprised more than one-third of the population, businessmen resisted them being interned or deported to mainland concentration camps, as they recognized their contributions to the economy."The territorial governor of Hawaii, Joseph B. Poindexter, was more measured. He provided statistics indicating that 34 percent of the islands' population was aliens, or citizens of Japanese descent." Frank, Richard B. "Zero Hour on Niihau," World War II, 24: 2 (July 2009) p54. In the hysteria of the time, some mainland Congressmen (Hawaii was only an incorporated U.S. territory at the time, and despite being fully part of the U.S., did not have a voting representative or senator in Congress) promoted that all Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants should be removed from Hawaii but were unsuccessful. An estimated 1,200 to 1,800 Japanese nationals and American-born Japanese from Hawaii were interned, either in five camps on the islands or in one of the mainland internment camps, but this represented well-under two percent of the total Japanese American residents in the islands.WEB,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100527114752weblink">weblink Japanese Internment Camps In Hawaii, December 5, 2011, "No serious explanations were offered as to why ... the internment of individuals of Japanese descent was necessary on the mainland, but not in Hawaii, where the large Japanese-Hawaiian population went largely unmolested."Library of Congress. Behind the WireThe vast majority of Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents in Hawaii were not interned because the government had already declared martial law in Hawaii and this allowed it to significantly reduce the supposed risk of espionage and sabotage by residents of Japanese ancestry.Jane L. Scheiber, Harry N. Scheiber. "Martial law in Hawaii," Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 15, 2014. Also, Japanese Americans comprised over 35% of the territory's population, with 157,905 of Hawaii's 423,330 inhabitants at the time of the 1940 census,Gibson, Campbell and Kay, Jung. Historical Census Statistics on Population Totals By Race, 1790 to 1990, and By Hispanic Origin, 1970 to 1990 making them the largest ethnic group at that time; detaining so many people would have been enormously challenging in terms of logistics. Additionally, the whole of Hawaiian society was dependent on their productivity. According to intelligence reports at the time, "the Japanese, through a concentration of effort in select industries, had achieved a virtual stranglehold on several key sectors of the economy in Hawaii,"Okihiro, Gary. Cane Fires: The Anti-Japanese Movement in Hawaii, 1865–1945. Temple University Press, 1st edition (January 8, 1992) p117. and they "had access to virtually all jobs in the economy, including high-status, high-paying jobs (e.g., professional and managerial jobs)".Chin, Aimee. "Long-Run Labor Market Effects of Japanese American Internment During World War II on Working-Age Male Internees," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Houston (2004) p10. To imprison such a large percentage of the islands' work force would have crippled the Hawaiian economy. Thus, the unfounded fear of Japanese Americans turning against the United States was overcome by the reality-based fear of massive economic loss.Lieutenant General Delos C. Emmons, commander of the Hawaii Department, promised the local Japanese-American community that they would be treated fairly so long as they remained loyal to the United States. He succeeded in blocking efforts to relocate them to the outer islands or mainland by pointing out the logistical difficulties.WEB, Guarding the United States and Its Outposts,weblink United States Army in World War II, United States Army Center of Military History, November 7, 2011, Stetson Conn, Rose C. Engelman, Byron Fairchild, May 1961, Among the small number interned were community leaders and prominent politicians, including territorial legislators Thomas Sakakihara and Sanji Abe.NEWS,weblink The Honolulu Advertiser, Dye, Bob, September 16, 2001, December 23, 2009, How bigots 'cleansed' Legislature in 1942, A total of five internment camps operated in the territory of Hawaii, referred to as the "Hawaiian Island Detention Camps".NEWS,weblink The Honolulu Advertiser, Wartime stain in history retraced in O'ahu's brush, Gordon, Mike, November 27, 2005, December 10, 2009, NEWS,weblink The Honolulu Advertiser, February 5, 2006, December 10, 2009, Gordon, Mike, Under Honouliuli brush, dark history, One camp was located at Sand Island at the mouth of Honolulu Harbor. This camp was prepared in advance of the war's outbreak. All prisoners held here were "detained under military custody... because of the imposition of martial law throughout the Islands". Another Hawaiian camp was the Honouliuli Internment Camp, near Ewa, on the southwestern shore of Oahu; it was opened in 1943 to replace the Sand Island camp. Another was located on the island of Maui in the town of Haiku,NEWS,weblink Maui Time, The Camp, Greg Mebel, Anthony Pignataro, August 20, 2007, April 4, 2011, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120920082303weblink">weblink September 20, 2012, mdy-all, in addition to the Kilauea Detention Center on Hawaii and Camp Kalaheo on Kauai.WEB,weblink Hawaii News Archive - Starbulletin.com, Honolulu, Star-Bulletin, archives.starbulletin.com,

Japanese Latin Americans

During World War II, over 2,200 Japanese from Latin America were held in internment camps run by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, part of the Department of Justice. Beginning in 1942, Latin Americans of Japanese ancestry were rounded up and transported to American internment camps run by the INS and the U.S. Justice Department.BOOK, Connell, Thomas, 2002, America's Japanese Hostages: The US Plan For A Japanese Free Hemisphere, Praeger-Greenwood, 978-0275975357, 606835431, BOOK, Robinson, Greg, 2001, By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans, 264n2,weblink citing C. Harvey Gardiner, Pawns in a Triangle of Hate (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1981., NEWS, Nanami, Masaharu,weblink Japanese-Peruvians still angry over wartime internment in U.S. camps, Japan Times, September 16, 2009, Most of these internees, approximately 1,800, came from Peru. An additional 250 were from Panama, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.WEB, Stephen, Mak,weblink Japanese Latin Americans, Densho, March 5, 2014, The first group of Japanese Latin Americans arrived in San Francisco on April 20, 1942, on board the Etolin along with 360 ethnic Germans and 14 ethnic Italians from Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.C. Harvey Gardiner. Pawns in a Triangle of Hate: The Peruvian Japanese and the United States (University of Washington Press: Seattle, 1981), 25–29. The 151 men — ten from Ecuador, the rest from Peru — had volunteered for deportation believing they were to be repatriated to Japan. They were denied visas by U.S. Immigration authorities and then detained on the grounds they had tried to enter the country illegally, without a visa or passport. Subsequent transports brought additional "volunteers", including the wives and children of men who had been deported earlier. A total of 2,264 Japanese Latin Americans, about two-thirds of them from Peru, were interned in facilities on the U.S. mainland during the war.Connel, Thomas. America's Japanese Hostages: 2002, pp. 145–48The United States originally intended to trade these Latin American internees as part of a hostage exchange program with Japan and other Axis nations."Department of Justice and U.S. Army Facilities", U.S. National Park Service. Retrieved August 31, 2006. A thorough examination of the documents shows at least one trade occurred. Over 1,300 persons of Japanese ancestry were exchanged for a like number of non-official Americans in October 1943, at the port of Marmagao, India. Over half were Japanese Latin Americans (the rest being ethnic Germans and Italians) and of that number one-third were Japanese Peruvians.On September 2, 1943, the Swedish ship MS Gripsholm departed the U.S. with just over 1,300 Japanese nationals (including nearly a hundred from Canada and Mexico) en route for the exchange location, Marmagao, the main port of the Portuguese colony of Goa on the west coast of India.{{rp|Table 13-1}}* BOOK, Japanese-American civilian prisoner exchanges and detention camps, 1941–45, Elleman, Bruce, 2006, Routledge, 978-0-415-33188-3,weblink September 14, 2009, After two more stops in South America to take on additional Japanese nationals, the passenger manifest reached 1,340. Of that number, Latin American Japanese numbered 55 percent of the Gripsholm's travelers, 30 percent of whom were Japanese Peruvian. Arriving in Marmagao on October 16, 1943, the Gripsholm's passengers disembarked and then boarded the Japanese ship Teia Maru. In return, "non-official" Americans (secretaries, butlers, cooks, embassy staff workers, etc.) previously held by the Japanese Army boarded the Gripsholm while the Teia Maru headed for Tokyo. Because this exchange was done with those of Japanese ancestry officially described as "volunteering" to return to Japan, no legal challenges were encountered. The U.S. Department of State was pleased with the first trade and immediately began to arrange a second exchange of non-officials for February 1944. This exchange would involve 1,500 non-volunteer Japanese who were to be exchanged for 1,500 Americans. The US was busy with Pacific Naval activity and future trading plans stalled. Further slowing the program were legal and political "turf" battles between the State Department, the Roosevelt administration, and the DOJ, whose officials were not convinced of the legality of the program.The completed October 1943 trade took place at the height of the Enemy Alien Deportation Program. Japanese Peruvians were still being "rounded up" for shipment to the U.S. in previously unseen numbers. Despite logistical challenges facing the floundering prisoner exchange program, deportation plans were moving ahead. This is partly explained by an early-in-the-war revelation of the overall goal for Latin Americans of Japanese ancestry under the Enemy Alien Deportation Program. The goal: that the hemisphere was to be free of Japanese. Secretary of State Cordell Hull wrote an agreeing President Roosevelt, "[that the US must] continue our efforts to remove all the Japanese from these American Republics for internment in the United States."Correspondence, Secretary of State to President Roosevelt, 740.00115 European War 1939/4476, PS/THH, August 27, 1942."Native" Peruvians expressed extreme animosity toward their Japanese citizens and expatriates, and Peru refused to accept the post-war return of Japanese Peruvians from the US. Although a small number asserting special circumstances, such as marriage to a non-Japanese Peruvian, did return, the majority were trapped. Their home country refused to take them back (a political stance Peru would maintain until 1950), they were generally Spanish speakers in the Anglo US, and in the postwar U.S., the Department of State started expatriating them to Japan. Civil rights attorney Wayne Collins filed injunctions on behalf of the remaining internees,Densho, The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20040921075331weblink">"Japanese Latin Americans," c. 2003, accessed April 12, 2009.WEB, Japanese Americans, the Civil Rights Movement and Beyond,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110714161530weblink">weblink April 10, 2009, helping them obtain "parole" relocation to the labor-starved Seabrook Farms in New Jersey.Higashide, Seiichi. (2000).Adios to Tears, p. 179. He started a legal battle that would not be resolved until 1953, when, after working as undocumented immigrants for almost ten years, those Japanese Peruvians remaining in the U.S. were finally offered citizenship.

Internment ends

On December 18, 1944, the Supreme Court handed down two decisions on the legality of the incarceration under Executive Order 9066. Korematsu v. United States, a 6–3 decision upholding a Nisei's conviction for violating the military exclusion order, stated that, in general, the removal of Japanese Americans from the West Coast was constitutional. However, Ex parte Endo unanimously declared that loyal citizens of the United States, regardless of cultural descent, could not be detained without cause. In effect, the two rulings held that, while the eviction of American citizens in the name of military necessity was legal, the subsequent incarceration was not—thus paving the way for their release.Although WRA Director Dillon Myer and others had pushed for an earlier end to the incarceration, the exclusion order was not rescinded until January 2, 1945 (postponed until after the November 1944 election, so as not to impede Roosevelt's reelection campaign).WEB, Niiya, Brian,weblink Franklin D. Roosevelt, Densho Encyclopedia, January 27, 2015, Many younger internees had already "resettled" in Midwest or Eastern cities to pursue work or educational opportunities. (For example, 20,000 were sent to Lake View in Chicago.NEWS, Nagasawa, Katherine, What happened to Chicago's Japanese neighborhood?,weblink 14 August 2017, WBEZ, 13 August 2017, ) The remaining population began to leave the camps to try to rebuild their lives at home. Former inmates were given $25 and a train ticket to their pre-war places of residence, but many had little or nothing to return to, having lost their homes and businesses. Some emigrated to Japan, although many of these individuals were "repatriated" against their will.WEB,weblink PBS Investigations of the Tule Lake Camp. Retrieved August 24, 2007., Tule Lake Committee, "History." Retrieved January 27, 2015. The camps remained open for residents who were not ready to return (mostly elderly Issei and families with young children), but the WRA pressured stragglers to leave by gradually eliminating services in camp. Those who had not left by each camp's close date were forcibly removed and sent back to the West Coast.WEB, Robinson, Greg,weblink War Relocation Authority, Densho Encyclopedia, January 27, 2015, Nine of the ten WRA camps were shut down by the end of 1945, although Tule Lake, which held "renunciants" slated for deportation to Japan, was not closed until March 20, 1946."Japanese Americans Internment Camps During World War II," weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070619073757weblink">Library web page at Utah.edu. Retrieved October 1, 2006. Japanese Latin Americans brought to the U.S. from Peru and other countries, who were still being held in the DOJ camps at Santa Fe and Crystal City, took legal action in April 1946 in an attempt to avoid deportation to Japan.{{rp|223}}

Aftermath

{{Further|Japanese-American life after World War II}}

Hardship and material loss

(File:Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. Not all the center residents will return to their form . . . - NARA - 539932.jpg|thumb|Graveyard at the Granada Relocation Center in Amache, Colorado)(File:Manzanar shrine.jpg|thumb|A monument at Manzanar, "to console the souls of the dead")File:GranadaBoyScoutFlagRaising.jpg|thumb|Boy Scouts at the Granada War Relocation Center raise the flag to half-mast during a memorial service for the first six Nisei soldiers from this Center who were killed in action in Italy. The service was attended by 1,500 Amache internees. August 5, 1944.]]Many internees lost irreplaceable personal property due to restrictions that prohibited them from taking more than they could carry into the camps. These losses were compounded by theft and destruction of items placed in governmental storage. Leading up to their incarceration, Nikkei were prohibited from leaving the Military Zones or traveling more than {{convert|5|mi}} from home, forcing those who had to travel for work, like truck farmers and residents of rural towns, to quit their jobs."Enemy Alien Curfew Friday: German, Japs, Italians in New Restrictions" (March 24, 1942), The San Francisco News. Retrieved February 5, 2015. Many others were simply fired for their Japanese heritage.Long, Priscilla. "Seattle School Board accepts the forced resignation of Japanese American teachers on February 27, 1942" (November 25, 2001), HistoryLink.org. Retrieved February 5, 2015.NEWS, Hall, Carla,weblink Japanese Fired in WWII Win Redress, February 28, 1998, Los Angeles Times, February 5, 2015, NEWS, Hirai, Tomo,weblink State Legislature passes resolution apologizing to fired employees, September 5, 2013, Nichi Bei Weekly, February 5, 2015, Alien land laws in California, Oregon, and Washington barred the Issei from owning their pre-war homes and farms. Many had cultivated land for decades as tenant farmers, but they lost their rights to farm those lands when they were forced to leave. Other Issei (and Nisei who were renting or had not completed payments on their property) had found families willing to occupy their homes or tend their farms during their incarceration. However, those unable to strike a deal with caretakers had to sell their property, often in a matter of days and at great financial loss to predatory land speculators, who made huge profits.In addition to these monetary and property losses, a number of people died or suffered from a lack of medical care in camp. Seven were shot and killed by sentries: Kanesaburo Oshima, 58, during an escape attempt from Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Toshio Kobata, 58, and Hirota Isomura, 59, during transfer to Lordsburg, New Mexico; James Ito, 17, and Katsuji James Kanegawa, 21, during the December 1942 Manzanar Riot; James Hatsuaki Wakasa, 65, while walking near the perimeter wire of Topaz; and Shoichi James Okamoto, 30, during a verbal altercation with a sentry at the Tule Lake Segregation Center.Kashima, Tetsuden. "Homicide in Camp," Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved February 5, 2015.Psychological injury was observed by Dillon S. Myer, director of the WRA camps. In June 1945, Myer described how the Japanese Americans had grown increasingly depressed, and overcome with feelings of helplessness and personal insecurity."The WRA says Thirty," New Republic 112, pp. 867–68. Author Betty Furuta explains that the Japanese used gaman, loosely meaning "perseverance", to overcome hardships; this was mistaken by non-Japanese as being introverted and lacking initiative.BOOK, Niiya, Brian,weblink Japanese American history : an A-to-Z reference from 1868 to the present, 1993, Facts On File, New York, 0-8160-2680-7, 143, Japanese Americans also encountered hostility and even violence when they returned to the West Coast. Concentrated largely in rural areas of Central California, there were dozens of reports of gunshots, fires, and explosions aimed at Japanese American homes, businesses, and places of worship, in addition to non-violent crimes like vandalism and the defacing of Japanese graves. In one of the few cases to go to trial, four men were accused of attacking the Doi family of Placer County, California, setting off an explosion, and starting a fire on the family's farm in January 1945. Despite a confession from one of the men that implicated the others, the jury accepted their defense attorney's framing of the attack as a justifiable attempt to keep California "a white man's country" and acquitted all four defendants.Niiya, Brian. "Terrorist incidents against West Coast returnees," Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved February 5, 2015.To compensate former internees for their property losses, Congress passed the Japanese-American Claims Act on July 2, 1948, allowing Japanese Americans to apply for compensation for property losses which occurred as "a reasonable and natural consequence of the evacuation or exclusion". By the time the Act was passed, the IRS had already destroyed most of the internees' 1939–42 tax records. Due to the time pressure and strict limits on how much they could take to the camps, few were able to preserve detailed tax and financial records during the evacuation process. Therefore, it was extremely difficult for claimants to establish that their claims were valid. Under the Act, Japanese American families filed 26,568 claims totaling $148 million in requests; about $37 million was approved and disbursed.Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment, Personal Justice Denied, Chapter 4The different placement for the interned had significant consequences for their lifetime outcomes.JOURNAL,weblink The Causal Effect of Place: Evidence from Japanese-American Internment, August 8, 2016, Carollo, Nick, Shoag, Daniel, A 2016 study finds, using the random dispersal of internees into camps in seven different states, that the people assigned to richer locations did better in terms of income, education, socioeconomic status, house prices, and housing quality roughly fifty years later.

Reparations and redress

{{Further|Japanese American redress and court cases}}{{See also|Go for Broke Monument#Quotations below the main inscription}}Beginning in the 1960s, a younger generation of Japanese Americans, inspired by the civil rights movement, began what is known as the "Redress Movement", an effort to obtain an official apology and reparations from the federal government for incarcerating their parents and grandparents during the war. They focused not on documented property losses but on the broader injustice and mental suffering caused by the internment. The movement's first success was in 1976, when President Gerald Ford proclaimed that the internment was "wrong", and a "national mistake" which "shall never again be repeated".Stone, Geoffrey R. Perilous Times. 2004, p. 305 President Ford signed a proclamation formally terminating Executive Order 9066 and apologized for the internment, stating: "We now know what we should have known then—not only was that evacuation wrong but Japanese-Americans were and are loyal Americans. On the battlefield and at home the names of Japanese-Americans have been and continue to be written in history for the sacrifices and the contributions they have made to the well-being and to the security of this, our common Nation."President Gerald R. Ford's Proclamation 4417.WEB, President Gerald R. Ford's Remarks Upon Signing a Proclamation Concerning Japanese-American Internment During World War II,weblink Ford Library Museum, January 30, 2017, The campaign for redress was launched by Japanese Americans in 1978. The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), which had cooperated with the administration during the war, became part of the movement. It asked for three measures: $25,000 to be awarded to each person who was detained, an apology from Congress acknowledging publicly that the U.S. government had been wrong, and the release of funds to set up an educational foundation for the children of Japanese-American families.In 1980, Congress established the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) to study the matter. On February 24, 1983, the commission issued a report entitled Personal Justice Denied, condemning the internment as unjust and motivated by racism and xenophobic ideas rather than factual military necessity.WEB,weblink Personal Justice Denied, Nps.gov, January 8, 2007, April 1, 2015, Internment camp survivors sued the federal government for $24 million in property loss, but lost the case. However, the Commission recommended that $20,000 in reparations be paid to those Japanese Americans who had suffered internment.Barth, Gunther. "Japanese Americans." The New Encyclopedia of the American West, edited by Howard R. Lamar, Yale University Press, 1st edition, 1998. Credo Reference,weblink Accessed 29 Mar 2017.The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 exemplified the Japanese American redress movement that impacted the large debate about the reparation bill. There was question over whether the bill would pass during the 1980s due to the poor state of the federal budget and the low support of Japanese Americans covering 1% of the United States. However, four powerful Japanese-American Democrats and Republicans who had war experience, with the support of Democratic congressmen Barney Frank, sponsored the bill and pushed for its passage as their top priority.Brooks, Roy L. "Japanese American Internment and Relocation." Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, edited by Patrick L. Mason, Gale, 2nd edition, 2013. Credo Reference,weblink Accessed 29 Mar 2017.File:Ronald Reagan signing Japanese reparations bill.jpg|thumb|left|U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the Civil Liberties Act of 1988Civil Liberties Act of 1988On August 10, 1988, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which had been sponsored by several representatives including Barney Frank, Norman Mineta, and Bob Matsui in the House and by Spark Matsunaga who got 75 co-sponsors in the Senate, provided financial redress of $20,000 for each surviving detainee, totaling $1.2 billion. The question of to whom reparations should be given, how much, and even whether monetary reparations were appropriate were subjects of sometimes contentious debate within the Japanese American community and Congress.Hatamiya, Leslie T. Righting a Wrong. 1994, pp. 108–09On September 27, 1992, the Civil Liberties Act Amendments of 1992, appropriating an additional $400 million to ensure all remaining internees received their $20,000 redress payments, was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush. He issued another formal apology from the U.S. government on December 7, 1991, on the 50th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, saying:In remembering, it is important to come to grips with the past. No nation can fully understand itself or find its place in the world if it does not look with clear eyes at all the glories and disgraces of its past. We in the United States acknowledge such an injustice in our history. The internment of Americans of Japanese ancestry was a great injustice, and it will never be repeated.Over 81,800 people qualified by 1998 and $1.6 billion was distributed among them.Kashima, Tetsuden. "Internment Camps." Encyclopedia of American Studies, edited by Simon Bronner, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1st edition, 2016. Credo Reference,weblink Accessed 29 Mar 2017.Under the 2001 budget of the United States, Congress authorized that the ten detention sites are to be preserved as historical landmarks: "places like Manzanar, Tule Lake, Heart Mountain, Topaz, Amache, Jerome, and Rohwer will forever stand as reminders that this nation failed in its most sacred duty to protect its citizens against prejudice, greed, and political expediency".Tateishi and Yoshino 2000President Bill Clinton awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, to Korematsu in 1998, saying, "In the long history of our country's constant search for justice, some names of ordinary citizens stand for millions of souls: Plessy, Brown, Parks ... to that distinguished list, today we add the name of Fred Korematsu." That year, Korematsu served as the Grand Marshal of San Francisco's annual Cherry Blossom Festival parade.NEWS, Asian Week, Cherry Blossom Festival marks 31st year in S.F, Judi, Parks, On January 30, 2011, California first observed an annual "Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution", the first such commemoration for an Asian American in the United States.NEWS,weblink California Marks the First Fred Korematsu Day, Liu, Ling Woo, January 29, 2011, Time, January 31, 2011, On June 14, 2011, Peruvian President Alan García apologized for his country's internment of Japanese immigrants during World War II, most of whom were transferred to the U.S.

Terminology debate

The misuse of the term "internment" in regards to the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans

The legal term "internment" derives from international conventions regarding the treatment of enemy nationals during wartime and specifically limits internment to those (non-citizen) enemy nationals that threaten the security of the detaining power. The internment of selected enemy aliens by belligerents, as opposed to mass incarceration, is legal both under US and International lawweblink

Which term to use

Since the end of World War II, there has been debate over the terminology used to refer to camps in which Americans of Japanese ancestry and their immigrant parents, were incarcerated by the United States Government during the war.WEB, The Manzanar Controversy,weblink Public Broadcasting System, July 18, 2007, JOURNAL, Daniels, Roger, Incarceration of the Japanese Americans: A Sixty-Year Perspective, The History Teacher, 35, 3, 4–6, May 2002,weblink July 18, 2007, 10.2307/3054440, 3054440, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20021229161025weblink">weblink December 29, 2002, mdy-all, MAGAZINE, Ito, Robert, Concentration Camp Or Summer Camp?, Mother Jones, September 15, 1998,weblink November 18, 2010, These camps have been referred to as "War Relocation Centers", "relocation camps", "relocation centers", "internment camps", and "concentration camps", and the controversy over which term is the most accurate and appropriate continues.WEB, Densho: Terminology & Glossary: A Note On Terminology, Densho,weblink 1997, July 15, 2007, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070624065352weblink">weblink June 24, 2007, mdy-all, BOOK, Reflections: Three Self-Guided Tours Of Manzanar, Manzanar Committee, 1998, iii–iv, WEB,weblink CLPEF Resolution Regarding Terminology, 1996, Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, July 20, 2007, WEB,weblink Sue Kunitomi Embrey: Concentration Camps, Not Relocation Centers, Embrey, Bruce, October 21, 2010, Manzanar Committee, May 11, 2017, WEB,weblink Words Can Lie Or Clarify Criticizes Euphemistic Language Used To Describe WWII Camps Used To Imprison Japanese Americans, Herzig Yoshinaga, Aiko, March 4, 2010, Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga (self-published), May 14, 2018,

Towards consensus

In 1998, use of the term "concentration camps" gained greater credibility prior to the opening of an exhibit about the American camps at Ellis Island. Initially, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the National Park Service, which manages Ellis Island, objected to the use of the term in the exhibit.NEWS,weblink What Is a Concentration Camp? Ellis Island Exhibit Prompts a Debate, Sengupta, Somini, March 8, 1998, July 11, 2011, New York Times, However, during a subsequent meeting held at the offices of the AJC in New York City, leaders representing Japanese Americans and Jewish Americans reached an understanding about the use of the term.JOURNAL, McCarthy, Sheryl, July–August 1999, Suffering Isn't One Group's Exclusive Privilege, HumanQuest, After the meeting, the Japanese American National Museum and the AJC issued a joint statement (which was included in the exhibit) that read in part:NEWS, Sengupta, Somini, Accord On Term "Concentration Camp", New York Times,weblink March 10, 1998, June 13, 2010, }}The New York Times published an unsigned editorial supporting the use of "concentration camp" in the exhibit.NEWS,weblink Words for Suffering, March 10, 1998, December 31, 2007, New York Times, An article quoted Jonathan Mark, a columnist for The Jewish Week, who wrote, "Can no one else speak of slavery, gas, trains, camps? It's Jewish malpractice to monopolize pain and minimize victims."NEWS,weblink NYC; Defending Jews' Lexicon Of Anguish, Haberman, Clyde, March 13, 1998, July 11, 2011, New York Times, AJC Executive Director David A. Harris stated during the controversy, "We have not claimed Jewish exclusivity for the term 'concentration camps.'"NEWS,weblink Exhibition on Camps, Harris, David A, March 13, 1998, July 11, 2011, New York Times,

On rejection of euphemisms

On July 7, 2012, at their annual convention, the National Council of the Japanese American Citizens League unanimously ratified the Power of Words Handbook, calling for the use of "...truthful and accurate terms, and retiring the misleading euphemisms created by the government to cover up the denial of Constitutional and human rights, the force, oppressive conditions, and racism against 120,000 innocent people of Japanese ancestry locked up in America's World War II concentration camps."NEWS,weblink JACL Ratifies Power Of Words Handbook: What Are The Next Steps?, Noguchi, Andy, July 16, 2012, May 20, 2017, Japanese American Citizens League via the Manzanar Committee,

Comparisons

The internment of Japanese Americans has been compared to the persecutions, expulsions, and dislocations of other ethnic minorities during World War II both in Europe and Asia.Maxim Shrayer (2007). "Waiting for America: a story of emigration". Syracuse University Press. p. 30. {{ISBN|0-8156-0893-4}}Michael Rywkin (1994). "Moscow's lost empire". M.E. Sharpe. p. 66. {{ISBN|1-56324-237-0}}.Mohit Kumar Ray, Rama Kundu, Pradip Kumar Dey (2005). "Widening horizons: essays in honour of Professor Mohit K. Ray". Sarup & Sons. p. 150. {{ISBN|81-7625-598-X}}Michael Mann (2005). "The dark side of democracy: explaining ethnic cleansing". Cambridge University Press. p. 328. {{ISBN|0-521-53854-8}}

Notable individuals interned

{{See also|Estelle Peck Ishigo|Ralph Lazo}}File:Ralphlazo.jpg|thumb|upright|Ralph LazoRalph Lazo

Legacy

Cultural legacy

Exhibitions and collections

(File:Japanese American Memorial (Eugene, Oregon).jpg|thumb|Japanese American Memorial (Eugene, Oregon))File:Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial 19.jpg|thumb|The cedar "story wall" at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion MemorialBainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion MemorialFile:Rohwer War Relocation Center 010.jpg|thumb|Rohwer Memorial Cemetery, declared a National Historic LandmarkNational Historic LandmarkFile:Rohwer War Relocation Center 006.jpg|thumb|upright|Monument to the men of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, Rohwer Memorial Cemetery]]File:Go For Broke.jpg|thumb|Painting by Don Troiani depicting soldiers of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team fighting in the alt=In foreground group of Japanese-American soldiers climb over a ridge and begin to fire upon a German tank in the background which is accompanied by a German half-track in a wooded area.File:442nd RCT citation presentation in Bruyères 1944-11-12.jpg|thumb|Two color guards and color bearers of the Japanese-American 442nd Combat Team stand at attention while their citations are read. They are standing on ground of Bruyeres, France, where many of their comrades fell.]]
  • The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has more than 800 artifacts from its "A More Perfect Union" collection available online. Archival photography, publications, original manuscripts, artworks, and handmade objects comprise the collection of items related to the Japanese American experience.WEB,weblink A More Perfect Union Collection Search, americanhistory.si.edu, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, April 24, 2012,
  • On October 1, 1987, the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History opened an exhibition called, "A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution". The exhibition examined the Constitutional process by considering the experiences of Americans of Japanese ancestry before, during, and after World War II. On view were more than 1,000 artifacts and photographs relating to the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II. The exhibition closed on January 11, 2004. On November 8, 2011, the National Museum of American History launched an online exhibition of the same name with shared content.WEB,weblink A More Perfect Union Online Exhibition, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, April 24, 2012,
  • Following recognition of the injustices done to Japanese Americans, in 1992 Manzanar camp was designated a National Historic Site to "provide for the protection and interpretation of historic, cultural, and natural resources associated with the relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II" (Public Law 102-248). In 2001, the site of the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Idaho was designated the Minidoka National Historic Site.
  • The elementary school at Poston Camp Unit 1, the only surviving school complex at one of the camps and the only major surviving element of the Poston camp, was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2012.WEB,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160102022025weblink">weblink NHL nomination for Poston Elementary School, Unit 1, Colorado River Relocation Center, National Park Service, December 7, 2015,
  • On April 16, 2013, the Japanese American Internment Museum was opened in McGehee, Arkansas regarding the history of two internment camps.
  • In January 2015, the Topaz Museum opened in Delta, Utah.WEB, Significant Milestones of the Topaz Museum,weblink July 11, 2016, Its stated mission is "to preserve the Topaz site and the history of the internment experience during World War II; to interpret its impact on the internees, their families, and the citizens of Millard County; and to educate the public in order to prevent a recurrence of a similar denial of American civil rights".WEB, Topaz Museum Mission Statement,weblink July 11, 2016,
  • On June 29, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois, the Alphawood Gallery, in partnership with the Japanese American Service Committee, opened "Then They Came for Me", the largest exhibition on Japanese American incarceration and postwar resettlement ever to open in the Midwest. This exhibit was scheduled to run until November 19, 2017.WEB,weblink Then They Came For Me, Alphawood Gallery, July 7, 2017,

Sculpture

Nina Akamu, a Sansei, created the sculpture entitled Golden Cranes of two red-crowned cranes, which became the center feature of the Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II. The U.S. Department of Defense described the November 9, 2000, dedication of the Memorial: "Drizzling rain was mixed with tears streaming down the faces of Japanese American World War II heroes and those who spent the war years imprisoned in isolated internment camps". Akamu's family connection of her grandfather on her mother's side who was interned and later died in a internment camp in Hawaii—combined with growing up for a time in Hawaii, where she fished with her father at Pearl Harbor—and the erection of a Japanese American war memorial near her home in Massa, Italy, inspired a strong connection to the Memorial and its creation.United States Attorney General Janet Reno also spoke at the dedication of the Memorial, where she shared a letter from President Clinton stating: "We are diminished when any American is targeted unfairly because of his or her heritage. This Memorial and the internment sites are powerful reminders that stereotyping, discrimination, hatred and racism have no place in this country."WEB,weblink National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism Dedicated, Rudi, Williams, American Forces Press Service, defense.gov, June 25, 2019, November 15, 2000, According to the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, the memorial:...is symbolic not only of the Japanese American experience, but of the extrication of anyone from deeply painful and restrictive circumstances. It reminds us of the battles we've fought to overcome our ignorance and prejudice and the meaning of an integrated culture, once pained and torn, now healed and unified. Finally, the monument presents the Japanese American experience as a symbol for all peoples.WEB,weblink Symbolism in the Memorial, Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II,

Films

Dozens of movies were filmed about and in the internment camps; these relate the experiences of interns or were made by former camp interns. Examples follow.
  • In The Karate Kid (1984), Ralph Macchio's character, Daniel, discovers a box containing references to the deaths of Mr. Miyagi's wife and child in the Manzanar camp, and to Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita's character)'s being awarded the Medal of Honor while serving with the 442nd Infantry Regiment.WEB,weblink The Karate Kid, June 22, 1984, www.imdb.com,
  • The movie Come See The Paradise (1990), written and directed by Alan Parker, tells the story of a European American man who elopes with a Japanese American woman and their subsequent internment following the outbreak of war.WEB,weblink Come See the Paradise, January 1, 1991, www.imdb.com,
  • The film Looking for Jiro (2011), by visual studies scholar and performance artist Tina Takemoto, explores queerness and homosexual desire in internment camps, focusing on Jiro Onuma, a gay bachelor from San Francisco interned at the Topaz War Relocation Center.JOURNAL, Takemoto, Tina, 2014, Looking for Jiro Onuma: A Queer Meditation on the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, GLQ, 20, 3, 241–75, 10.1215/10642684-2422665, The collection of Onuma's photographs and personal belongings is held by the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco.
  • Greg Chaney's documentary film The Empty Chair (2014) recounts the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans from Juneau, Alaska and how the community stood in quiet defiance against such policies.WEB,weblink The Empty Chair, 2014, www.imdb.com,
  • The documentary The Legacy of Heart Mountain (2014) explores the experience of life at the Heart Mountain internment camp in Cody, Wyoming.WEB,weblink Heart Mountain Documentary Film – The Legacy of Heart Mountain, www.heartmountainfilm.com,
  • The documentary film To Be Takei (2014) chronicles the early life of actor George Takei, who spent several years in an internment camp.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="archive.today/20150825212126weblink">weblink dead, George Takei, August 25, 2015, August 25, 2015, "To Be Takei: Sundance Review"
  • The feature film Under the Blood Red Sun (2014), by Japanese-American director Tim Savage and based on Graham Salisbury's novel of the same name, examines the life of a 13-year-old Japanese-American boy living in Hawaii whose father is interned after the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor.WEB,weblink HOME, underthebloodredsun.com, "Under the Blood Red Sun: IMDB"
  • Vivienne Schiffer's documentary film Relocation, Arkansas (2015) explores the aftermath of incarceration in the Rohwer and Jerome internment camps in Arkansas.WEB,weblink Relocation, Arkansas: Aftermath of Incarceration, October 1, 2016, www.imdb.com,

Literature

Many books and novels were written by and about Japanese Americans' experience during and after their residence in concentration camps among them can be mentioned the followed:
  • Isabel Allende's novel The Japanese Lover (2017) presents the lifelong love affair between two immigrants, one of whom is Japanese American and who is sent along with his whole family to an internment camp.
  • Jamie Ford's novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (2009) tells of a Chinese man's search for an Oscar Holden jazz record bought in his childhood with a Japanese friend in Seattle and left behind during World War II, when she and her family were sent to a Japanese American internment camp.BOOK,weblink Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel, Jamie, Ford, January 27, 2009, Random House Publishing Group, 9780345512505,
  • David Guterson's novel Snow Falling on Cedars (1994) and its 1999 film adaptation refer to the internment of the Imada family in Manzanar.WEB,weblink Random House for High School Teachers – Catalog – Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, www.randomhouse.com, WEB,weblink Snow Falling on Cedars, January 7, 2000, www.imdb.com,
  • John Okada's novel No-No Boy (1956) features a protagonist from Seattle, who was interned with his family and imprisoned for answering "no" to the last two questions on the loyalty questionnaire. It explores the postwar environment in the Pacific Northwest.WEB,weblink University of Washington Press – Books – No-No Boy, www.washington.edu,
  • Julie Otsuka's novel The Buddha in the Attic (2011), winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, tells the story of Japanese female immigrants in California, and ends on the story of the internment camps and the reaction of neighbors left behind.WEB,weblink Julie Otsuka :: author of The Buddha In The Attic and When The Emperor Was Divine, www.julieotsuka.com, en-US, 2017-03-29,
  • Julie Otsuka's novel When the Emperor was Divine (2002) tells the story of an unnamed Japanese-American family incarcerated at the Topaz War Relocation Center in Utah. The novel is based on Otsuka's own family's experiences.WEB,weblink When the Emperor Was Divine, www.julieotsuka.com,
  • Kermit Roosevelt III's historical novel Allegiance (2015) takes readers inside the US government and Supreme Court to examine the legal and moral debates and the little-known facts surrounding the detention of Japanese Americans. A Harper Lee Prize finalist, the novel is based on a true story.WEB,weblink Kermit Roosevelt Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School & Award-Winning Author Read, watch & learn about today's politics, the US Supreme Court, law and justice, ethics and American ideals, and gain a better understanding of the historical context. Peruse the bookshelf for works of fiction and nonfiction., Kermit Roosevelt,
  • Vivienne Schiffer's novel Camp Nine (2013) is set in and near the Rohwer Japanese American internment camp in Arkansas.WEB,weblink Book Review: Camp Nine by Vivienne Schiffer,

Music

  • Fort Minor's "Kenji" (2005) tells the story of Mike Shinoda's grandfather and his experience in the camps.
  • Jake Shimabukuro's solo album Peace Love Ukulele (2011) includes the song "Go For Broke" inspired by the World War II all-Japanese American 442nd US Army unit.NEWS,weblink It's Time to Applaud Luke virtuoso Shimabukuro, review of Peace Love Ukulele, Harada, Wayne, January 12, 2011, Honolulu Star Advertiser, 12 October 2015,

Spoken word

  • George Carlin, during his monologues on individual rights and criticism towards the American government, spoke about the relocation of Japanese American citizens to the designated camps.NEWS,weblink SEE IT: George Carlin's mind-blowing takes on American politics in honor of the comedian's death eight years ago, Brian, Lisi, New York Daily News, June 22, 2016, June 25, 2019,

Television

  • Hawaii Five-0 Episode 81, "Honor Thy Father" (December 2013), is dedicated to solving a cold case murder at the Honouliuli Internment Camp, some 70 years earlier.WEB, Yamamoto, J.K., Five-0 Flashes Back to WWII,weblink rafu.com, Rafu Shimpo, December 11, 2013, March 15, 2015,
  • (The Terror: Infamy) (2019) address the internment of Japanese Americans in Oregon, USA.NEWS, EW, August 27, 2019, AMC's horror series The Terror: Infamy reminds us of the horrors of internment camps, Franich, Darren, July 19, 2019,weblink NEWS, Los Angeles Times,weblink For Japanese Americans, ‘The Terror’ is personal, Yamato, Jen (Staff), August 9, 2019,

Theater

  • The musical Allegiance (2013), which premiered in San Diego, California, was inspired by the camp experiences of its star, George Takei.WEB, Allegiance,weblink Allegiance Musical, February 23, 2015, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150221133711weblink">weblink February 21, 2015, mdy-all,

Legal legacy

(File:Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Grandfather and grandson of Japanese ancestry at . . . - NARA - 537992.jpg|thumb|Grandfather and grandson at Manzanar, July 2, 1942)(File:Gordon Hirabayashi's Medal of Freedom and certificate.jpg|thumb|upright|Gordon Hirabayashi's Medal of Freedom and certificate)Several significant legal decisions arose out of Japanese-American internment, relating to the powers of the government to detain citizens in wartime. Among the cases which reached the US Supreme Court were Ozawa v. United States (1922), Yasui v. United States (1943), Hirabayashi v. United States (1943), ex parte Endo (1944), and Korematsu v. United States (1944). In Ozawa, the court established that peoples defined as 'white' were specifically of Caucasian descent; In Yasui and Hirabayashi, the court upheld the constitutionality of curfews based on Japanese ancestry; in Korematsu, the court upheld the constitutionality of the exclusion order. In Endo, the court accepted a petition for a writ of habeas corpus and ruled that the WRA had no authority to subject a loyal citizen to its procedures.Korematsu's and Hirabayashi's convictions were vacated in a series of coram nobis cases in the early 1980s.BOOK, Irons, Peter., Justice At War: The Story of the Japanese American Internment Cases, University of Washington Press, 1976, 1996, 0-520-08312-1,weblink In the coram nobis cases, federal district and appellate courts ruled that newly uncovered evidence revealed an unfairness which, had it been known at the time, would likely have changed the Supreme Court's decisions in the Yasui, Hirabayashi, and Korematsu cases.COURT,weblink Hirabayashi v. United States, September 15, 2006, These new court decisions rested on a series of documents recovered from the National Archives showing that the government had altered, suppressed, and withheld important and relevant information from the Supreme Court, including the Final Report by General DeWitt justifying the internment program. The Army had destroyed documents in an effort to hide alterations that had been made to the report to reduce their racist content. The coram nobis cases vacated the convictions of Korematsu and Hirabayashi (Yasui died before his case was heard, rendering it moot), and are regarded as part of the impetus to gain passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.The rulings of the US Supreme Court in the Korematsu and Hirabayashi cases were criticized in Dictum in the majority opinion of Trump v. Hawaii upholding a ban on immigration of nationals from several Muslim majority countries but not overruled as it fell outside the case-law applicable to the lawsuit.NEWS,weblink Supreme Court finally condemns 1944 decision that allowed Japanese internment during World War II, Vox, 2018-09-22, Former Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark, who represented the US Department of Justice in the "relocation", writes in the epilogue to the book Executive Order 9066: The Internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans (1992):BOOK, Conrat, Maisie & Conrat, Richard, Executive Order 9066: The Internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans, 1992,weblink 9780262530231, {{quotation|The truth is—as this deplorable experience proves—that constitutions and laws are not sufficient of themselves...Despite the unequivocal language of the Constitution of the United States that the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, and despite the Fifth Amendment's command that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, both of these constitutional safeguards were denied by military action under Executive Order 9066.BOOK,weblink Asian American Books, Conrat, Maisie & Conrat, Richard, Executive Order 9066: The Internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans, 1992, Quote from the back cover of the book., }}

See also

References

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Further reading

  • BOOK, America's Japanese Hostages: The US Plan For A Japanese Free Hemisphere, Praeger-Greenwood, Westport, Connell, Thomas, 2002, 978-0275975357,
  • BOOK, Command Decisions, Kent Roberts Greenfield,weblink United States Army Center of Military History, 2000, 1960, CMH Pub 70-7, 5. The Decision to Evacuate the Japanese from the Pacific Coast, Stetson, Conn,weblink
  • BOOK, Conn, Stetson, Engelman, Rose C., Fairchild, Byron, Guarding the United States and its Outposts,weblink United States Army in World War II, 1964, 2000, Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington, D.C., 115–49,
  • BOOK,weblink The Colonel and the Pacifist: Karl Bendetsen, Perry Saito, and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, University of Utah Press, Salty Lake City, Nevers, Nacy Clark de, 2004, 978-0-87480-789-9,
  • Drinnon, Richard. Keeper of Concentration Camps: Dillon S. Meyer and American Racism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989.
  • BOOK, Japanese-American civilian prisoner exchanges and detention camps, 1941–45, Elleman, Bruce, 2006, Routledge, 978-0-415-33188-3, 179,weblink September 14, 2009,
  • BOOK,weblink Pawns in a Triangle of Hate: The Peruvian Japanese and the United States, University of Washington Press, Seattle, Gardiner, Clinton Harvey, 1981, 978-0-295-95855-2,
  • BOOK,weblink Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment, W. W. Norton, New York, Gordon, Linda and Gary Y. Okihiro, 2006,
  • BOOK, Harth, Erica., Last Witnesses: Reflections on the Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans, Palgrave, New York, 2001, 0-312-22199-1,weblink
  • BOOK,weblink Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth behind a World War II Fence, University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, Havey, Lily Yuriko Nakai, 2014, 978-1-60781-343-9,
  • BOOK,weblink Adios to Tears: The Memoirs of a Japanese-Peruvian Internee in U.S. Concentration Camps, University of Washington Press, Seattle, Higashide, Seiichi, 2000, 978-0-295-97914-4,
  • BOOK,weblink The Politics of Fieldwork: Research in an American Concentration Camp, The University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Hirabayashi, Lane Ryo, 1999,
  • BOOK,weblink The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, Inouye, Karen M., 2016,
  • BOOK,weblink Prisons and Patriots: Japanese American Wartime Citizenship, Civil Disobedience, and Historical Memory, Temple University Press, Philadelphia, Lyon, Chertin M., 2012,
  • BOOK,weblink Remembering Heart Mountain: Essays on Japanese American Internment in Wyoming, Western History Publications, Wyoming, Mike Mackey, 1998,
  • BOOK,weblink By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, Robinson, Greg, 2001,
  • BOOK, Robinson, Greg, A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America, Columbia University Press, 2009, 978-0-231-12922-0,
  • BOOK,weblink Kiyo's Story, A Japanese-American Family's Quest for the American Dream, Soho Press, Sato, Kiyo, 2009, 9781569478660,
  • BOOK, Weglyn, Michi., Years Of Infamy: The Untold Story Of America's Concentration Camps, University of Washington Press, 1976, 1996, 0-295-97484-2,weblink
  • BOOK, Civil Liberties Public Education Fund., Personal Justice Denied: Report of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, Civil Liberties Public Education Fund and University of Washington Press, 1997, 0-295-97558-X,

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