Masashi Oikawa

Masashi Oikawa

He was born on 01 March 1904. He was a contractor employed by Acme Shingle Company Limited, Vancouver, BC. His family includes Chiyo Oikawa (mother; nee Chiyo Onodera), Yojiro Oikawa (father; deceased at time of file), Chisaki Oikawa (wife), Richard Oikawa [also listed as Ichiro Oikawa] (son; born on 11 November 1934), Tokiko Oikawa (daughter; born on 12 September 1936), and Thomas Oikawa [also listed as Yogie Oikawa] (son; born on 17 December 1938). He lived in New Westminster, BC and Lulu Island, BC and was forcibly uprooted to Hastings Park, Vancouver, BC and Kamloops, BC. His listed seized property includes a house with a woodshed and toilet on Dike Road, Richmond, BC; household belongings; tools; fishing equipment; and a rowboat and oars.


Regularized NameMasashi Oikawa
Custodian Identification Number1640
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (after uprooting)Kamloops, BC
Residence (before uprooting)New Westminster
Residence (before uprooting)Lulu Island


Custodian Case Files (1)


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