Ai Hirai

Ai Hirai

She was born on 5 July 1890. She was a housewife. Her family includes Kisaku Hirai (husband), Fukutaro Hirai (son), Kiyoko Tanaka (daughter; nee Kiyoko Hirai), Shigeo Hirai (son), Yoshiko Hamanishi (daughter; nee Yoshiko Hirai), Toyoko Hayashi (daughter; nee Toyoko Hirai), Sadako Hirai (daughter; in Japan), and Saburo Hirai (son). Her home address is listed as P.O. Box 217, Moncton Street, Steveston, BC and 951, Nicola Street, Vancouver, BC. She was forcibly uprooted to Greenwood, BC and she was exiled to Japan on 17 June 1946.


Regularized NameAi Hirai
Custodian Identification Number5945
NationalityNaturalized Canadian
Residence (after uprooting)Greenwood, BC
LabelExiled to Japan
Residence (before uprooting)Steveston
Residence (before uprooting)Vancouver


Custodian Case Files (1)


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