Military necessity? Japanese Latin Americans say U.S. owes an apology for WWII kidnappings; Also on the PODCAST, Trumpcare’s defeat


Art Shibayama, 86, was in Washington, DC and stood by the “Unfinished Business” display at the National Museum of American History. He was there with his friend, Blanca Katsura, also 86.


Both were just 12 when they became part of a shameful and little-known episode of U.S. history. Shibayama and Katsura were born and raised in Lima, Peru–Latin American citizens. But in WWII, they were the foreigners the U.S. needed in the name of “military necessity.”

Hear their stories on the podcast here.

About 2,200 Japanese Latin Americans were rounded up and sent to the U.S., where they were imprisoned in camps waiting to be used as pawns of war in two major prisoner exchanges.

On Emil Amok’s Takeout, I talk to Shibayama, a key survivor. This month, under his official name, Isamu Carlos Shibayama, he brought his case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) at the Organization of American States.

He hopes the IACHR can compel the U.S. to give him, his brothers, and survivors like Blanca a proper apology and reparations equal to the Japanese Americans who were interned during WWII. Because of their foreign status, Japanese Latin Americans were offered a fourth of the monetary compensation that Japanese Americans received.

Hear the stories of Shibayama and Katsura, and their fight for justice on this episode of Emil Amok’s Takeout.

Show Notes:

2:00 Emil’s take on Trumpcare defeat

5:00 How to Fix Obamacare

8:00 Art Shibayama calls it kidnapping.

14:20 Blanca Katsura felt she was without a country.

16:11 Phil Tajitsu Nash, civil rights activist and AALDEF board member talks about the significance of the case before the IACHR.

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