0:00 - Discusses Pearl Harbor; and job

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Partial Transcript: Tom heard the news about Pearl Harbor from a Navy man and did not discuss the events with other Nisei. Being in Japan during wartime, Tom explained he had no other choice because he did not find a job as an engineer in the United States.

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Keywords: Nisei

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3:27 - Discusses family; and friend

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Partial Transcript: Following the Pearl Harbor attack, Tom does not know what happened to his family in the United States. In Japan, Tom focused on his work at Mitsubishi. The other Nisei working at Mitsubishi was drafted in the Army or Navy. Tom does not travel much during wartime. However, he visited his high school friend a few times and looked for American food. Tom recalls receiving a package from his mother with a note saying the family was ok. After the war, airmail was allowed between the United States and Japan.

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Keywords: correspondence; draft; employment; Issei parents; Nisei; Pearl Harbor; World War Two

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6:27 - Recalls Hiroshima

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Partial Transcript: When the war ended, Tom resigned from Mitsubishi. Within one month, Tom and his wife moved to Hiroshima to his parents' hometown and his wife's hometown. Tom recalls traveling to Hiroshima was hectic. He shares a story of climbing over the wall to go to the restroom at the train station. Tom and his wife have a friend who moved from the United States and settled in Japan before the war.

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Keywords: family; friendship; Nisei; travel

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9:27 - Recalls teaching

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Partial Transcript: At Tom's friend's home, Army officers were visiting his friend and offered Tom a teaching job. The Army officers wanted Tom to give a lecture once a week, teaching Japanese customs and culture. During his lectures, Tom recalls questions about parties, geisha, shrines, and table manners.

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Keywords: employment; Nisei; post-war

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13:21 - Recalls Kenwood I

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Partial Transcript: After working at Mitsubishi, Tom worked for a chemical engineering construction company. He retired in 1955. Tom decided to work for Kenwood under two conditions. He retained the title General Manager of Export and can work as long as he wanted.

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Keywords: employment; Nisei; post-war

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15:41 - Recalls Kenwood II;p and citizenship

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Partial Transcript: Before going to Japan, his father renounced his Japanese citizenship. However, in order to work for Mitsubishi, Tom has to regain his Japanese citizenship and lost his United States citizenship. However, Tom got his Green Card to work in the United States. For the latter part of Tom's career, he worked for Kenwood in the United States. He retired from Kenwood after ten years. Tom had been in the United States previously before Kenwood. When he worked at the chemical engineering construction company, Tom was in charge of the foreign market. He would travel to Chicago and New York.

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Keywords: employment; Nisei

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18:11 - Discusses Oak Ridge I

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Partial Transcript: Tom discusses the different chapters of his life, from growing up in the United States, working in Japan after college, and returning to the United States to work, he has a broader view of both countries. Tom learns Japan's future needs atomic energy and finds a representative. Tom went to Washington DC to talk to the Atomic Bomb Commission Office in Oak Ridge.

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Keywords: employment; Nisei; travel

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21:37 - Discusses Oak Ridge II

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Partial Transcript: Tom and a Japanese scientist go to Oak Ridge to talk about atomic energy. Tom felt being a Nisei did not hold him back. Being a Nisei helped him after the war. Japanese companies wanted his ability to speak English and Japanese. Tom also learned the business as a Nisei and as a Japanese. He felt fortunate because he was accepted as Japanese and Japanese American.

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Keywords: employment; Nisei; post-war

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