“Following Japan’s surrender, Nisei who had just fought the Japanese, used their language skills now to serve in the demobilization of Japan, also in the War Crime Trials and in the Occupation of Japan. An additional 3,000 Nisei linguists served in every phase of the Occupation from the national to the local levels.” JAVA member and 442nd Veteran Terry Shima at minute 4:10. Screenshot of Interview with Friends of National WWII Memorial.
The Friends of National WW II Memorial, which is responsible for the administration of the Memorial, interviewed JAVA member Terry Shima for its program commemorating the 75th Anniversary of V-J Day, which ended WW II. The Memorial is located on The Mall in Washington, DC, between the Washington and Lincoln Memorials. For Terry's remarks, click here or on this linkhttps://vimeo.com/453870321.
[EdNote: Inspired by the 75th Anniversary of V-J Day, the JAVA Communications Committee, scoured JAVA's current and old website for articles about the role of the Nisei in the rebuilding of Japan. We hope you find the following linked articles as interesting and informative as we did.]
Building a New Japan
Nisei in the MIS Hall of Fame