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Sunday, March 23

Bradenton.com / KRN Deportation affected ethnic Japanese in at least 12 Latin countries: "The U.S.-backed plan broke up families, and ruined businesses. Eventually, 2,264 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry, mostly living in Peru, were brought to U.S. internment camps against their will. U.S. officials confiscated their passports, leaving them stateless. Many were barred from returning to Latin America when the war ended, their lives shattered. The tale has pertinent echoes today as war drums sound anew and Americans look upon a different ethnic group with uneasiness, animosity and even paranoia." The feature story appeared originally in the Miami Herald, but I can't find it there. It's a pretty comprehensive account of the round up of Japanese living in Peru at the start of World War II, and their internment in the US.

When Fujimori was elected president in 1990, the plight of the WWII Japanese internment camps was put in the spotlight in Peru and elsewhere. The relationship between Fujimori, the Nisei community, the Peruvian elite and the broader public were strongly singed by this experience.

Needless to say, it's all a tale of caution for today.

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