WEST COVINA (AP) — A Japanese-American who helped lead draft resistance at a World War II internment camp has died in Southern California.

Frank Emi was 94. His daughter, Kathleen Ito, tells the Los Angeles Times that he died on Dec. 1 at a West Covina hospice.

The Los Angeles grocer was among thousands of innocent Japanese-Americans forced into camps after Pearl Harbor. When the government decided to draft Japanese-Americans in 1944, Emi and six others formed the Fair Play Committee, which argued that Japanese-Americans shouldn’t have to fight for freedom abroad when they were denied it at home.

Three hundred men from the camps were imprisoned for draft evasion. Emi and six others were convicted of conspiracy and he was imprisoned for 18 months. All were exonerated or pardoned in 1945.

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Comments (3)
  1. joe says:

    He should have died decades ago. Why is this moron even being mentioned, much less marketed by the liberal media as some kind of hero? Sad how this country forgets why they are free and who sacrificed their lives to ensure that freedom.

    1. mark says:

      True he and the American Japanese were treated unfairly during WW2. I ask this question though. Did he spend the remainder of his life in the US? Did he enjoy the luxuries of free speech, free enterprise, and right to bear arms? There were many brave Japanese Americans that fought in WW2, despite the ignorance back home, not to mention other races that were treated unfairly.

  2. Vincent says:

    In a peaceful time arguing back can bring something but in the staste of War, which most of the countires were invoved in, one has to take actions rather than talking, for what you blieave in.

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