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In the early 1940s there was evidence of Japanese-American loyalty and innocence but the information was not always well known This coupled with the factors of war hysteria led to the legal upholding of concentration camps in Korematsu v US 1944 The injustice was clouded most immediately by the war and indirectly by racism at home The sneak attack on Pearl Harbor left a permanent indent on the way Americans viewed the Japanese Indeed it was this one act which thrust the isolationist US into the middle of the worlds biggest war The brutal attack so close to home was viewed as sneaky and underhanded This added to the fact that the Japanese were rumored to have an amazingly effective spy system on Hawaii and the West Coast led the Japanese-Americans to become highly suspected individuals They were even a more immediate threat than communists since they required an eventual takeover and Germans since they were preoccupied by numerous enemies In addition the Japanese-Americans were concentrated on the Western Coast and could thus organize better There is also the chasm of culture ignorance is the key to racism and the average American knew very little of the lifestyle and customs of the Far East This led to more suspicion There were also facts going against the Japanese-Americans According to the Munson Report 98 of Japanese-Americans were loyal to the US This is an impressive number however in times of war 2 sabotaging on mainland America was a major threat A more startling fact that tarnished the Japanese-American reputation was the fact that Japan was rumored to have an extremely effective spy system on the West Coast There were even some conspiracy theorists that rationalized that the sneaky Japanese were merely waiting for the right time to strike as they did at Pearl Harbor The people were scared of the Japanese and in a democracy the people have a voice The Japanese-Americans also had a decent
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