Izo Sawa

Izo Sawa

He was born on 5 April 1901. He was a sawmill worker employed by North Arm Lumber Company. His family includes Kiku Sawa (wife; nee Kiku Okamura), Torakichi Sawa (father; formerly Torakichi Okamura), Mina Sawa (mother), Masako Sawa (daughter), and Kazuo Sawa [also listed as Thomas Sawa] (son). His home address is listed as 2004 Yukon Street, Vancouver, BC. He was forcibly uprooted to Slocan, BC and exiled to Japan on 17 June 1946.


Regularized NameIzo Sawa
Custodian Identification Number12013
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (after uprooting)Slocan, BC
LabelExiled to Japan
Residence (before uprooting)Vancouver


Custodian Case Files (1)


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