Betrayed Trust

The Story of a Deported Issei and His American-Born Family During WW II

by Motomu Akashi



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/5/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 400
ISBN : 9781418426378

About the Book

Betrayed Trust illuminates why some Issei (first generation Japanese resident alien) and Japanese-Americans chose to give up on America rather than to stay with a nation that abused, condemned, rejected, incarcerated, and took away their freedom.  It is a compelling narration of an Issei and his American-born family who were imprisoned for almost four years during World War II under the custody of the U.S. Government.  Betrayed Trust reveals the most intimate thoughts of the author’s father’s secret political activities, efforts for resegregation, and involvement in creating a “true Japanese” environment at the Tule Lake Segregation Center.  The author discloses his father’s activities as chairman of the Standing Committee of the Resegregation Group and as one of the founders of two super pro-Japanese organizations, the Sokoku Kenkyu Seinen Dan (Young Men’s Association for the Study of the Motherland) and the Sokuji Kikoku Hoshi Dan (Society for Immediate Return to Serve the Motherland), which led to his removal by the Department of Justice from Tule Lake Segregation Center; his detention at the Santa Fe Interment Camp; his removal and segregation to a secret Japanese Segregation Camp #; his covert transfer to the INS Terminal Island Detention Station and ultimately to the Portland Detention Station for deportation as one of the most dangerous alien enemy.

About the Author

Motomu Akashi is a Japanese-American, born in 1929 in Merced, California.  In May 1942, the U.S. Government forcibly evacuated him and his family to the Tanforan Assembly Center in San Bruno, California. Later, they were relocated to the Topaz Relocation Center, in central Utah; then to the Tule Lake Segregation Center near Newell, California. After the war, the family was shipped to Japan.

He returned to the United States in 1948, while his father, mother, two brothers and three sisters stayed in Japan. That same year, he enlisted in the United States Army.  His service included time spent during the Korean and Vietnam wars.  He was awarded three Bronze Star Medals for meritorious achievement in ground operations, two Meritorious Service medals and the Army Commendation Medal.  During that time he also received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer-4 after serving for 26 years in various military intelligence assignments.

Mr. Akashi then went to work for Ford Aeronutronic Corporation’s Western Development Laboratories in Palo Alto, California. He worked there as a security manager for various government weapons-related contracts.  After 10 years, he retired for the second time.

He is the proud father of five daughters and eight grandchildren. He now resides in Fremont, California where he spends his time researching and writing about his family’s history, gardening and reading.