Takasugi was appointed to the bench in 1976 by President Gerald Ford, the Metropolitan News Enterprise reports. Edwin Prather, president of the Asian Pacific Bar of California, told the newspaper that Takasugi was “a judge who was truly dedicated to equal access to justice and to ensuring that justice was received in every thing.” … [Read more...] about First Japanese-American Judge on Federal Bench Dies
‘A GRAVE MISTAKE’“It is sobering to recall that during the war, every branch of our government—even the judiciary—justified the exclusion, forced removal and incarceration of citizens and permanent resident aliens of Japanese descent as necessary for our national defense,” Brown stated in her letter to Hirono. “It took decades for our government to admit that the systematic deprivation of civil liberties was a grave mistake animated by racial prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.” … [Read more...] about Internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II offers cautionary message
So in the early 1980s, Minami was surprised to get a call from researchers who had turned up papers showing that the federal government had withheld and altered evidence during Korematsu. Among other things, officials had recommended against imprisoning people on the basis of Japanese ancestry alone, saying they were not a threat. The researchers said Korematsu wanted to reopen his case based on this new evidence. He was joined by Gordon Hirabayashi and Minoru Yasui, who had lost two Supreme Court challenges in 1943 to a curfew for Japanese-Americans. … [Read more...] about What lessons can Americans draw in 2016 from the WWII-era internment of Japanese-Americans?
Reading the Supreme Court decision stunned Karen Korematsu, the daughter of Fred Korematsu, a plaintiff in the Supreme Court internment case. Nine years ago, she founded the national Fred T. Korematsu Institute focusing on civic and civil rights education. She spreads her father’s message “don’t be afraid to speak up when you see something wrong.” … [Read more...] about Supreme Court travel ban ruling disappointing, Japanese-Americans say
The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement said this month it plans to temporarily place up to 1,400 kids at the base. Fort Sill housed migrant children in 2014 under the Obama administration. It was used to incarcerate hundreds of the approximately 120,000 Japanese and Japanese American people the federal government detained during the war with Japan. … [Read more...] about Japanese Americans detained as kids plan Fort Sill protest