Thursday, September 29, 2022

During WWII, "2,200 Latin Americans of Japanese descent...were forcibly deported to internment camps in the US"

BBC from 2015:
an estimated 25,000 people of Japanese descent lived in Peru


after the outbreak of World War Two, the Japanese community in Peru became a target, and their assets were confiscated.

"In May 1940, as many as 600 houses, schools and businesses belonging to citizens of Japanese descent were burned down," she says.

Following Japan's 1941 attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, the US government asked a dozen Latin American countries, among them Peru, to arrest its Japanese residents.

Records from the time suggest the US authorities wanted to take them to the US and use them as bargaining chips for its nationals captured by Japanese forces in Asia.


After World War Two ended, another 1,000 were deported to Japan after their Latin American home countries refused to take them back