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"I learned about Pearl Harbor walking home from church that day. And you've got to recall that was Pacific Standard Time [in Seattle], so it was about noon, I guess. And one of the first things that the authorities did – the FBI did – was they took into custody about 2,000 non-citizen males listed by the Justice Department as potential security risks… My granddad was one of them! … I think because of his military background. He was an officer in the Japanese Army."
   Question: "When he was in Japan, obviously."
   "Yes, right. And he spent some time in a camp in Mizzoula, Montana. There were several of them around the country, but he was in Mizzoula, Montana. He had the opportunity – I think they urged them to go back to Japan [laughs]. So he did. He went back… And whether he was a threat or not I have absolutely no idea. There is nothing that I knew that would suggest that he was a security risk…
   "They jumped right in there. They confiscated our short-wave radios and cameras and established an 8:00 o'clock p.m. curfew. And then the funds of the Isei [first generation Japanese-Americans] were frozen, almost immediately. So, they didn't have access to their bank accounts."

Kaz Tada – Pearl Harbor

   

Other Excerpts from Kaz Tada’s Interview:

Internment of Japanese-Americans
College Days
A Nation’s Apology
College Basketball