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World War II Japanese-American Internment #80728

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 19, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(San Francisco, California) Army's justification of mass imprisonment of Japanese-Americans during World War II recalled; films of that era shown. Minoru Yasui, Gordon Hirabayashi and Fred Korematsu, all refusing to obey government evacuation orders at the time, recalled later losing their appeal before Supreme Court; trio reported obtaining declassified documents allegedly indicating court was fed erroneous information by government on which it based it's opinion against Japanese-Americans in 1943. [YASUI - wants to correct injustices.] Documents noted revealing J. Edgar Hoover's denial that Japanese-Americans had illicitly signaled to Japanese ships off United States shore, Justice Department attorney's claim that chgs. of sabotage and espionage were intentional falsehoods and the Enemy Alien Control Div.'s belief that lies against Japanese-Americans went uncorrected. Supreme Court said never seeing this info.; purpose of current court case explained.
REPORTER: Ken Kashiwahara

Kashiwahara, Ken;
Robinson, Max

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