Junzo Samata

Junzo Samata

He was born on 1 September 1899. He was a sawmill hand employed by Fraser Mills. His family includes Tao Samata (mother; nee Tao Nakazawa; in Japan), Sentaro Samata (father; in Japan), Asoko Samata (wife), Setsuko Samata (daughter; born 13 March 1931), and Kuniko Samata (daughter; born 10 October 1929). His home address is listed as 1027 Quebec Street, New Westminster, BC. He was forcibly uprooted to Calgary, AB and was exiled to Japan on 17 June 1946. His listed seized property includes the house he rented from Sotojiro Teramura, two kimonos, five “festive toys”, three “Japanese dolls”, garden tools, and household belongings. His meat safe and rice block were declared valueless by Custodian agents and abandoned.


Regularized NameJunzo Samata
Custodian Identification Number6924
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (after uprooting)Calgary, AB
LabelExiled to Japan
Residence (before uprooting)New Westminster


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