Civil rights icon Yasui to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama named civil rights icon Minoru Yasui and 16 other people as recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a statement issued Nov. 16 said. The nation’s highest civilian honor is presented to those “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to […]

L.A. County repeals 1942 support for WWII incarceration

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County board of supervisors voted unanimously June 6 to repeal its 1942 resolution supporting the incarceration of Japanese Americans shortly after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, which led the United States to enter World War II. “To ignore this and to leave it as unfinished business is essentially to […]

President Obama hails Hirabayashi’s courage in defying wartime incarceration

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — U.S. President Barack Obama on May 29 hailed the courage of Gordon Hirabayashi for defying the incarceration order for Japanese Americans during World War II as he posthumously awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian award. In a ceremony at the White House, Obama said that Hirabayashi, as […]