Topic Reading-Vol.2878-2/27/2020

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Topic Reading-Vol.2878-2/27/2020

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2020/02/27 Topic Reading-Vol.2878-2/27/2020

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

As a kid, America sent him to live in barracks with 18,000 others. Now, decades later, he’s getting an apology

The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by the Imperial Japanese navy shocked and angered Americans. Then-President Franklin Roosevelt authorized an executive order to relocate and incarcerate American people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom lived on the West Coast. 120,000 of the first, second and third generation of Japanese Americans were forced into concentration camps, some were sent to other states as far as Arkansas. They lost what they had had, their freedom, civil rights, and contacts with others outside of their camps. This forced relocation and internment lasted for four years even months after the end of the Pacific War. Sounds like the detention camps that the US is criticizing nowadays, doesn’t it?

It took decades for the US to start reflecting what they had done to their own people and it was 1988 when President Ronald Reagan signed a law apologizing for the internment on behalf of the U.S. government and authorized a payment of $20,000 to each camp survivor. Now, the state of California, where most of the relocated Japanese American lived, is about to pass a resolution to formally apologizing for the act.

Why does it take too long for a government to admit its own mistake?

Now as the coronavirus outbreak is spreading around the world, such forced detention by race or nationality is another concern.

Read the article and learn how the US detained its own people during the war.

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