Kanji Oikawa

Kanji Oikawa

Oikawa was born on 23 September 1886. He was a sawmill hand employed by Fraser Mills at New Westminster, BC. His family includes Minoru Oikawa (wife; in Japan), Kangetsuro Oikawa (son; in Japan), Hiyoko Oikawa (daughter; in Japan). His parents are listed as deceased at time of file and their names are not provided. His home address is listed as a bunkhouse at Fraser Mills, New Westminster, BC. 538 Powell Street is listed as a former address. He was forcibly uprooted to Winona, ON on 20 October 1942 and was exiled to Japan on 17 June 1946. He stated that he gave all of his property, except a gramophone, to the Salvation Army. He requested to have the gramophone shipped to him.


Regularized NameKanji Oikawa
Custodian Identification Number1306
NationalityNaturalized Canadian
Residence (after uprooting)Winona, ON
LabelExiled to Japan
Residence (before uprooting)New Westminster


Custodian Case Files (1)


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