500 Japanese Back On Coast
WASHINGTON (UP) - More than 500 persons of Japanese ancestry have returned to the Pacific coast from relocation camps, Secretary of Interior Harold L. Ickes said Saturday.
War Relocation authority records completed through Feb. 17 show that 413 Japanese went to California, 43 to Washington, 33 to Oregon, and 32 to Arizona. The report covered a seven-week period since the army announced on Jan. 2 that they would be permitted to return to their homes.
An additional 1200 Japanese have relocated eastward from the camps since the first of the year, the statement said. These included 352 who went to Illinois, 120 to Ohio, 85 to New York, 78 to Michigan, and 63 to New Jersey. This group followed approximately 33,000 Japanese who previously had relocated eastward.
WRA reported that Japanese returning to the west coast "have had a predominately friendly reception in spite of several isolated instances of threatened boycott and organized resistance."
The agency said a large number of the approximately 60,000 center residents to be relocated during the next 10 months, "have definite plans and a set date of departure."