A-3 Case files

A-3 Case files


Title Proper A-3 Case files
Date(s) of material from this resource digitized 1925-1960
General material designation
From this series, LOI has digitized 109 textual record or image.
Scope and content
This series comprises forty-two sub-series pertaining broadly to the Custodian of Enemy Property, the forcible uprooting and dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s, and the Custodian-created case files for Japanese Canadian individuals and companies. Material also pertains to the following: cash journals; Kazuaki Yoshihara; the forced liquidation of Japanese Canadian–owned companies and associations, such as Taiya Printing Company Ltd., Royston Lumber Company, Canada Mio Company Limited, Komura Brothers Limited, T. Maikawa Stores Limited, Fuji Chop Suey Limited, and the Prince Rupert Japanese Association; United Grain Growers Limited shareholders in "enemy" countries; the Marpole Japanese Language School Maintenance Association; Canadian stocks and shares in companies headquartered in occupied countries; the commencement of Custodian operations; reports on Japanese Canadian businesses; the disposal of Japanese Canadian–owned radios, cameras, vehicles, and firearms; the transfer of funds to Ernest L. Maag; Deep Bay Logging Company Ltd.; claims made by Japanese "repatriates" and Japanese Canadians for losses incurred from the forcible sale of their property; a report of Commissioner Bird and exhibits presented at the claims commission; the legal status and liquidation of property of the Japanese government in Canada during and after the war; outstanding debts in the name of the Japanese Consulate; the "enemy" company M. Ebisuzaki Company Ltd.; the policies of dispossession, forced sale, and property transfer and conveyance; the forced sale of property to the Soldier Settlement Board; Custodian case files (for various Japanese Canadian individuals) that have been separated from the rest, including those for the following people and companies: Takateru Takarabe, Rune Nakayama, Canadian Japanese Association (in Port Essington), Kishizo Kimura, Tokutaro Tsuji, Masso Sato, and Hanaya Suguro; the Bird Commission claims of Mrs. Masuye Jinnouchi, Deep Bay Logging Company, Hirokichi Yamanaka, Mitsui Bank, British Columbia Fish Salteries Limited, and Eikichi Kagetsu; the forced sale of the school of the Kitsilano Japanese Language Association and the Japanese Buddhist Church of New Westminster; the forced sale of fishing vessels owned by Japanese Canadians; survey reports regarding fishing scows; Tagashira R. and Company Limited and Rinkichi Tagashira; the life insurance of Tokue Kameoka; the estate of Sukezaemon Kitamura; the life insurance of Minoru Kobayashi; debts owed by River Fishing Company to Nippon Suisan Kaisha Limited; marine products firm in Japan; wages owed by Green Cover Salteries Limited; the Japanese Canadian Citizens Association seeking the intervention of the Canadian government to recover funds deposited into American branches of Japanese banks; the estate of Yoshinaga Mimori; protests by Japanese Canadians over forced property sales; the formation of the Japanese Property Claims Commission; land worth (in relation to the Bird Commission); and the seizure, use, and sale of rolls of film and recordings owned by Japanese Canadians.
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Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.

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A-3 Case files
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Readers of these historical materials will encounter derogatory references to Japanese Canadians and euphemisms used to obscure the intent and impacts of the internment and dispossession. While these are important realities of the history, the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective urges users to carefully consider their own terminological choices in writing and speaking about this topic today as we confront past injustice. See our statement on terminology, and related sources here.