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Taken: Oregonians Arrested after Pearl Harbor


How were they selected?: Daiichi Takeoka

Daiichi Takeoka recieved this commerative silver tray from the Portland Japanese Association in 1938. Membership in organizations like this meant an individual would likely be included in the A-B-C list and arrested.

Daiichi Takeoka's son, Tom, was asked why he thought his father was arrested:

I feel it was because he was active in Nikkei organizations and Japan-American Society. In 1940, he and mother were invited by the Emperor of Japan to go back to Japan and commemorate the 2600th anniversary of the Empire of Japan. My father was one of the first to get The Order of the Sacred Treasure, a service award from the Japanese Government. I knew he was very active as we have a silver tray that's embossed with recognition of my father from the Japan Society for his service.

After the war, Daiichi Takeoka sold health insurance for Mutual of Omaha, and continued to use his legal skills to overturn Oregon’s Alien Land Law in Namba v. McCourt (1949). The later years of his career were devoted to bettering relations between Oregon and Japan, assisting the governor and the mayor of Portland as an interpreter and guide for visiting dignitaries from Japan.

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Commerative Silver Tray from the Portland Japanese Association to Daiichi Takeoka
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Daiichi Takeoka recieved this commerative silver tray from the Portland Japanese Association in 1938. Shown here on display in the exhibit Taken: FBI at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Courtesy … More »

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