Nakashima v Canada

Nakashima v Canada

Jitaro Tanaka and Takehiro Tanaka v The King, [1947] 4 DLR 487
In this case it was ruled that the ‘Custodian of Enemy Property is an independent person and not a servant or agent of the Crown, and hence a petition of right against the Crown does not lie in respect of acts of the Custodian’ and that ‘[n]othing turns on the fact that Minister of Crown was appointed Custodian’ (487), therefore supposedly absolving the government of responsibility for the dispossession of Japanese Canadians.



Nakashima v Canada


Researcher: Monique F. Ulysses
Researcher: Lauren Chalaturnyk
Metadata author: Connell Parish
Metadata author: Gordon Lyall
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Source: Exchequer Court of Canada. Dominion Law Reports. 1944.


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