Japanese American internment: Returning to Los Angeles

If you are in LA, a visit to the museum of Japanese American history to learn about this sad chapter in American history is a must.


In January 1945, the exclusion mandate under Executive Order 9066 was rescinded and Japanese American internees were allowed to return to the West Coast.

After a slow start, by the summer of 1945, thousands of internees were coming back to Southern California.

An article in the Aug. 1, 1945, Los Angeles Times reported:

Back from three years in a War Relocation Authority center in Rohwer, Ark., 96 Japanese-Americans yesterday arrived in Los Angeles to resume an existence interrupted by the exigencies of a war that made the Pacific Coast a potential combat area.

As they stepped off their special train in Union Station Joichi Shimazu, father of three enlisted men in the United States Army, voiced the feelings of the whole contingent:

Ii kimochi de ne!!!”

“My, it feels good to be back!” he translated.

Shimazu, a former Long Beach farmer, was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Shizuka…

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