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A project collects the names of those held at Japanese internment camps during WWII

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Names collected of Japanese-Americans held at internment camps

Ford Kuramoto was only 3 years old when his family had to leave their Los Angeles home to be taken to the Manzanar internment camp in the California desert. Frances Kuramoto, Ford's wife, was born in the Gila River camp in Arizona.

They are among the more than 125,000 Japanese Americans interned during World War II who are now being recognized in the Ireichō, or the Sacred Book of Names.

A yearlong exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, the Ireichō project provides a physical context to the number of Japanese Americans' lives forever changed by the actions of their own government.

The book, kept under glass, features the names laid out across hundreds of pages.

On a visit to the museum in January, Frances Kuramoto said she was moved by the sheer size of the Gutenberg Bible sized book, sharing the names of those held without the conviction of a crime or the ability to appeal. "You span through all those names and you think: Oh my god, all those people were there. Incarcerated," she said.


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