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Janus-Faced Justice: Political Criminals in Imperial Japan by Richard H. Mitchell

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1968: 100). DeWitt played an influential and strategic role as commanding officer of the WDC and the decision to evacuate and remove Japanese from the West Coast. He was strident in his statements about the military necessity of Japanese incarceration. He stated, "We are at war and this area— eight states—has been designated as a theater of operations.... [There are] approximately 288,000 enemy aliens which we have to watch and I have little confidence that the enemy aliens are law-abiding or loyal in any sense of the w o r d .

Single men made up the bulk of these worker migrants on the islands. The Gentlemen's Agreement of 1907 halted the migration of male laborers to the islands as it did to the mainland United States. Thus, Japanese women constituted a small percentage of the total Japanese immigrant population. They were only 9 percent of the Japanese immigrants in 1890. Their proportions increased throughout the years as single male laborers of Hawaii entered into arranged marriages with "picture bride" Japanese women, whose immigration was not affected by the Gentlemen's Agreement.

Shortly after the passage of Executive Order 9066, General DeWitt issued Public Proclamation 1, which created Military Areas 1 and 2. Military Area 1 covered the western portion of Washington, Oregon, California, and the southern half of Arizona. Military Area 2 consisted of portions of all those states that were not in Area 1. In these areas, all enemy aliens included Japanese, German, and Italian aliens (noncitizens) as well as American citizens of Japanese descent. Enemy aliens had to register with the government and let government officials know if they were to move.

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