Kisaku Hirai

Kisaku Hirai

Hirai was born on 28 April 1878. He was retired at time of file. His family includes Hiemon Hirai (father; deceased at time of file), Ai Hirai (wife; nee Ai Mizuno), Fukutaro Hirai (son), Shigeo Hirai (son), Saburo Hirai (son), Kiyoko Tanaka (daughter; nee Kiyoko Hirai), Yoshiko Hamanishi (daughter; nee Yoshiko Hirai), Toyoko Hayashi (daughter; nee Toyoko Hirai), and Sadako Hirai [possibly Sadake Hirai] (daughter; in Japan). His home address is listed as 95 Moncton Street, Steveston, BC. He was forcibly uprooted to Greenwood, BC and was exiled to Japan on 17 June 1946 His listed seized property includes 93-95 Moncton Street, two small stores that were sold to John Szewczynski, z 1916 automatic Stys revolver with leather holster, and household belongings.


Regularized NameKisaku Hirai
Custodian Identification Number1552
NationalityNaturalized Canadian
Residence (after uprooting)Greenwood, BC
LabelExiled to Japan
Residence (before uprooting)Steveston


Custodian Case Files (1)


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