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Findings of the commission report

You know, then the final commission report, it came out and said that there was a "gross violation of the constitutional rights of people of Japanese ancestry." And it said that the... that redress, an apology and a redress payment, they recommended $20,000 should be made, and that the reason the evacuation and internment occurred was because of historical racial discrimination, wartime hysteria, and weak political leadership. And so it really, it just, it brought everything together, all the loose ends. And it dealt with the "magic cable" issue, I mean, it just, when people were saying, "Well, what about those 'magic cables'?" then you could hold up the report and say, "Well they studied that issue, and it was a lot of nonsense."


governments politics Redress movement

Date: July 4, 2008

Location: Colorado, US

Interviewer: Tom Ikeda

Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

Interviewee Bio

Norman Mineta was born on November 12, 1931 in San Jose, California. He and his family were incarcerated at the Heart Mountain internment camp during World War II.

He began his political career when he was appointed to a vacant San Jose City Council seat in San Jose and was elected to the seat the following term, followed by vice mayor and then becoming Mayor of San Jose in 1971.

Mineta served in the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1995 and was a key figure behind the passage of H.R. 442, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which officially apologized for and redressed the unconstitutional, mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

In 2000, he became the first Asian American to hold a post in the presidential cabinet when President Clinton appointed Mineta as his Secretary of Commerce. The following year, President George W. Bush appointed him Secretary of Transportation, the only Democrat in Bush's cabinet, where he served as the longest serving Secretary of Transportation since the position was created in 1967. (December 2011)

Frank Emi
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Frank Emi

“No more shikataganai

(1916-2010) draft resister, helped form the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee

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Hiroshi Sakane
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Hiroshi Sakane

The Nikkei community that didn't support Former President Fujimori's election (Japanese)

(b. 1948) Executive Director of Amano Museum

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Hiroshi Sakane
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Hiroshi Sakane

The differences in attitude of pre-war and post war in terms of the President Fujimori presidency (Japanese)

(b. 1948) Executive Director of Amano Museum

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William Hohri
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William Hohri

The lawsuit set the standard for restoring people’s rights

(1927-2010) Political Activist

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Evelyn Yoshimura
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Evelyn Yoshimura

Commonalities

Community Activist

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Evelyn Yoshimura
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Evelyn Yoshimura

Understanding Gidra's Context

Community Activist

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Evelyn Yoshimura
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Evelyn Yoshimura

Gidra's Content

Community Activist

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Rose Ochi
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Rose Ochi

Rising Up To A Challenge

(1938-2020) Japanese American attorney and civil rights activist

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Rose Ochi
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Rose Ochi

Congressional Hearings

(1938-2020) Japanese American attorney and civil rights activist

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Jimmy Murakami
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Jimmy Murakami

Reparations

(1933 – 2014) Japanese American animator

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Howard Kakita
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Howard Kakita

His views on nuclear weapons

(b. 1938) Japanese American. Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor

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Kazumu Naganuma
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Kazumu Naganuma

His sister secured reparations for the family

(b. 1942) Japanese Peruvian incarcerated in Crystal City

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