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April 21, 1987 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for Japanese-Americans interned during World War II told the Supreme Court on Monday that lawyers for the government deliberately concealed reports that cast doubt on its claim that the mass roundup of 120,000 persons on the West Coast was a "military necessity." In 1944, the Supreme Court upheld the "exclusion" of Japanese-Americans from the West Coast, accepting the government's contention that these residents posed a potential threat if Japanese forces invaded California.
March 29, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
As thoroughbreds were groomed and prepped for the day's races, a group of elderly Japanese Americans circled the stables of Santa Anita in a tram. For six months in 1942, they lived here, in the same stalls where horses had slept, before being shipped to internment camps in isolated areas of the country. Back then, arriving adults mourned the loss of homes and businesses, while children explored the grounds, making new friends. In the barns, a thin layer of asphalt was all that separated families from layers of manure.
May 20, 1992 | DEAN TAKAHASHI
Y. Fred Fujikawa's hands aren't what they used to be. His right forefinger is bent like a sickle from the painful arthritis that eventually forced him to retire from performing chest surgery. But the 81-year-old Seal Beach resident has a bull's-eye memory. Fujikawa was born on the Fourth of July, 1910, in San Francisco. His father had immigrated to the United States in 1900 and had lived a migrant life, working on the railroads and in fields.
January 5, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
In celebration of the Year of the Horse, the Japanese American National Museum is hosting a festival Sunday that includes pony rides, candy sculpting and food, like buckwheat noodles eaten for good luck. The Oshogatsu Family Festival, celebrating the New Year, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, at the downtown museum at 100 N. Central Avenue. The event will feature origami (the art of paper-folding), an onigiri (rice balls) making contest, and the raffling every hour from noon to the close of the festival of horse candy sculptures by artist Shan Ichiyanagi.
October 20, 1989 | From Associated Press
House and Senate negotiators on Thursday endorsed legislation guaranteeing $20,000 compensation payments to the estimated 60,000 living Japanese-Americans who were sent to internment camps in World War II. The compromise legislation, which could pay the former internees as much as $1.2 billion over three years, must be approved by both houses of Congress before being sent to the White House for consideration by President Bush. Atty. Gen.
September 6, 1987 | ALAN C. MILLER, Times Staff Writer
They came from as far as Hawaii and New York to recall Manzanar, a dusty, inhospitable place where they attended school, made friends and forged a community--surrounded by barbed wire and gun-toting guards. It was a reunion tinged with ambivalence, a cherished opportunity for old friends to renew acquaintances while also recalling an experience most deeply wished had never happened.
July 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. House passed a nonbinding resolution urging Japan to apologize for coercing thousands of women into working as sex slaves for its World War II military. Officials in Tokyo say their country's leaders have apologized repeatedly, but the resolution's supporters say Japan has never fully assumed responsibility. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caused anger in March when he said there was no evidence that the women had been coerced. Lawmakers want an apology similar to the one the U.S.
Hundreds of Japanese American veterans of the Korean War gathered in Little Tokyo on Saturday for the unveiling of a memorial wall honoring their fallen comrades, who died more than four decades ago in what has become known as this country's "forgotten war." "If heroism is measured by the sacrifice of life, then our true heroes are the ones who have their names etched on the memorial wall we're dedicating today," said Bob Wada, president of the Japanese American Korean War Veterans.
August 7, 2012 | By Chris Barton
The story of the internment of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II hasn't always gotten widespread attention in the United States. But with construction beginning on the new Topaz Museum and Education Center in Utah, another step is being taken to keep the memory alive. In a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday that featured Taiko drumming and a book signing by former Japanese internment camp resident turned Disney animator Willie Ito, the museum began work on a location some 16 miles away from the original Topaz camp.
May 24, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
Acting Solicitor Gen. Neal Katyal, in an extraordinary admission of misconduct, took to task one of his predecessors for hiding evidence and deceiving the Supreme Court in two of the major cases in its history: the World War II rulings that upheld the detention of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans. Katyal said Tuesday that Charles Fahy, an appointee of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, deliberately hid from the court a report from the Office of Naval Intelligence that concluded the Japanese Americans on the West Coast did not pose a military threat.
December 19, 2013 | By Brittany Levine
Three members of Japan's House of Representatives called on Glendale to remove an 1,100-pound statue honoring an estimated 80,000 to 200,000 "comfort women" from Korea, China and other countries who were forced into prostitution by the Japanese army during World War II. The trio, Mio Sugita of the Hyogo Prefecture, Yuzuru Nishida of Chiba, and Hiromu Nakamaru of Hiroshima, are members of the Japan Restoration Party, a 1-year-old conservative political...
June 3, 2013 | From Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Bob Fletcher, who quit his job as a state agricultural inspector during World War II to save the Sacramento farms of interned Japanese American families, died May 23 in Sacramento, his family announced. He was 101. A few months after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government forced Japanese immigrants and Americans of Japanese descent to report to barbed-wire camps in 1942. Many lost their homes to thieves or bank foreclosures. In the face of deep anti-Japanese sentiment - Fletcher was taunted as a "Jap lover" and nearly hit by a bullet fired at a barn - he stepped in to save the farms of the Nitta, Okamoto and Tsukamoto families.
April 24, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Edgar Award-winning author Naomi Hirahara published her first Mas Arai mystery in 2004; the series starring the Japanese American gardener and crime solver is now on its fifth novel, "Strawberry Yellow. " She visited our video booth at the L.A. Times Festival of Books to talk with staff writer Carolyn Kellogg about the character and its connection to her heritage. Japanese gardeners were iconic in Southern California in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, Hirahara explains. But detectives -- not so much.
April 14, 2013
I feel compelled to respond to Bill Watters' letter of April 7 regarding Japanese internment during World War II. First, he seemed to have missed his history lessons as many of these internees were U.S. citizens. Second, if their "spartan" camps provided "medical and social" needs, it is because the internees had to build them from scratch. Third, upon their return they were not compensated. Most lost their homes (forced to sell before being forced to leave), their businesses, property and farms.
April 12, 2013
Re "What FDR said in private," Opinion, April 7 As an American and a Jew, I found Rafael Medoff's criticism of Franklin D. Roosevelt for his private comments about Jews most unfair. FDR understood that the best way to end the Holocaust was to defeat Hitler, which he did at the cost of hundreds of thousands of American lives. In singling out FDR, Medoff also ignores the squeamishness of America's modern presidents in dealing with genocide. Jimmy Carter, a human rights crusader, did nothing to prevent Pol Pot from exterminating as much as 20% of Cambodia's population.
March 31, 2013 | By Diana Lambdin Meyer
CODY, Wyo. - The drive east of Cody is through high desert, and the February weekend of my visit was bitterly cold. But I was wearing a heavy down coat, snow pants and boots, and riding in a cozy, warm SUV. That's not how nearly 14,000 earlier visitors had arrived in Cody. They came by train from California in late August, and they weren't wearing down or fleece, nor did they have a comfy hotel room awaiting them. They were among the 100,000 Japanese Americans relocated from the West Coast to the interior of the U.S. at the beginning of World War II, shortly after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
August 1, 2011 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
The century-old Buddhist temple is for sale. The asking price for its gilded columns and marble stairs is $1.1 million. But the cost to a blighted corner of this city and to the area's Japanese American community is not as easily estimated. Indeed, during this Obon season — when Buddhists remember the dead — the decision to abandon the landmark Fresno Betsuin Buddhist Temple balances two basic tenets of the faith: honoring ancestors and accepting the impermanence of all things.
March 3, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Americans of Japanese or partial Japanese descent are eligible for college scholarships from the Ventura County Japanese American Citizens League. The scholarships can be used to help students with books, tuition and other educational expenses. Students must submit an application, letter of recommendation, official transcript and a personal statement. For information, contact Ventura County JACL Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 1092, Camarillo 93011 or (805) 373-4536.
February 22, 2013 | By Jay Jones, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The Japanese American soldiers who fought valiantly in World War II, even as many of their relatives were held in internment camps, will be remembered in an exhibition at Honolulu's Bishop Museum . “American Heroes: Japanese-American WWII Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal ” will be on display March 9-April 14. At the core of the exhibit, curated by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History , is the actual...
February 21, 2013 | Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
George Aratani, a Los Angeles businessman who donated millions of dollars to Japanese American causes, and with his wife endowed the nation's first academic chair to study the World War II internment of people of Japanese descent and their efforts to gain redress, has died. He was 95. An entrepreneur who founded the Mikasa china and Kenwood electronics firms, Aratani died Tuesday at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center of complications of pneumonia, his daughter Linda Aratani said. He had lived at the Keiro nursing facility in Lincoln Heights since last summer.
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