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Encouraged to go to college

We applied for a travel permit to go to eastern Oregon and successfully were able to do that. But after 2 years of farming, we were pretty well established and my brother Yosh decided to go to school. And so he left after a couple of years and went to University of Michigan. And then I also wanted to get back to school and I applied to the University of Wisconsin. This was back in 1944. I was…had some second thoughts about leaving the farm because I felt responsible and we had something like 30 acres of onions to harvest and some potatoes to harvest after that and sugar beets to harvest after that. I just didn’t feel right in leaving, but my father finally talked me into going so I left just a week before the school started. And I can remember taking the train from Ontario to Chicago to Madison and I had…I carried just one suitcase. That was my sole possession.


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Date: December 6, 2005

Location: Oregon, US

Interviewer: Akemi Kikumura Yano

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

Interviewee Bio

Toshio Inahara was born in Seattle, Washington, the first of four brothers. At age three, he moved with his family to Japan, returning after six months to Tacoma where his father established a successful Japanese confectionery, “Fugetsu.” Toshio’s father wanted his sons to grow up in the country, so the family moved to a farm 30 miles west of Portland, Oregon, in 1931.

In response to Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, West Coast Japanese Americans were ordered to evacuate to Assembly Centers, but the Inahara family obtained a travel permit to relocate inland to Ontario, near the Eastern Oregon border. Toshio volunteered for service in the US Air Force in 1942, but was rejected because of his Japanese ancestry.

After two years of family farming, Toshio was accepted at the University of Wisconsin, where he studied pre-med courses, eventually earning his M.D. in 1950 from the University of Oregon. Following internship and residency, he trained in vascular surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and then returned to Portland to establish a private practice and serve as a clinical instructor in surgery at the University of Oregon Medical School.

Dr. Inahara is one of the world’s foremost authorities on carotid endarterectomy and is co-inventor of the Pruitt-Inahara Carotid Shunt.(December 6, 2005)

Mitsuo Ito
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Mitsuo Ito

Daily life in his childhood

(b.1924) Japanese Canadian Nisei. Interpreter for British Army in Japan after WWII. Active in Japanese Canadian community

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Mitsuo Ito
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Mitsuo Ito

Sugar-beets farm in Alberta

(b.1924) Japanese Canadian Nisei. Interpreter for British Army in Japan after WWII. Active in Japanese Canadian community

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Sam Naito
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Sam Naito

Undergraduate studies interrupted following Pearl Harbor

(b. 1921) Nisei businessman. Established "Made in Oregon" retail stores

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Bill Hashizume
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Bill Hashizume

Father’s success in farm business

(b. 1922) Canadian Nisei who was unable to return to Canada from Japan until 1952

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Bill Hashizume
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Bill Hashizume

Yobiyose system in Canada

(b. 1922) Canadian Nisei who was unable to return to Canada from Japan until 1952

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Francis Y. Sogi
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Francis Y. Sogi

Starting work at five years old

(1923-2011) Lawyer, MIS veteran, founder of Francis and Sarah Sogi Foundation

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Margaret Oda
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Margaret Oda

Father's role in starting the Wailea Milling Company

(1925 - 2018) Nisei educator from Hawai‘i

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Shunji Nishimura
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Shunji Nishimura

Repaying Brazil by educating the technicians (Japanese)

(1911-2010) Founder of JACTO group

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Emi Kasamatsu
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Emi Kasamatsu

Nikkei contributions to Paraguayan agriculture (Spanish)

Nisei Paraguayan, Researcher

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Ryoichi Kodama
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Ryoichi Kodama

Experiences in the farmlands (Japanese)

Kasato-maru immigrants

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William Marutani
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William Marutani

Impressions of student relocation in South Dakota

Judge, only Japanese American to serve on CWRIC.

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William Hohri
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William Hohri

Education in camp

(1927-2010) Political Activist

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Susumu “Sus” Ito
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Susumu “Sus” Ito

Getting a PhD under the G.I. Bill

(1919 - 2015) Nisei who served in World War II with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team

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Jimmy Ko Fukuhara
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Jimmy Ko Fukuhara

Sugar beet and potato farming in Idaho

(b. 1921) Nisei veteran who served in the occupation of Japan

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Jimmy Ko Fukuhara
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Jimmy Ko Fukuhara

Sugar beet farming process

(b. 1921) Nisei veteran who served in the occupation of Japan

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