Arthur Ishimoto oral history interview, part 2 of 2, October 12, 2010


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Ishimoto continues his discussion on the importance of Nisei linguists during the military occupation of Japan. He talks about the various campaigns and things that the MIS had to deal with, that were much more than just interpreting and translating. Next, he talks about what made the occupation successful and how that can be translated into future occupations, the most important piece being that you need to understand the culture from their perspective. He also talks about some of what he saw from the Japanese citizens, as far as food was concerned, taking the trash from the Army mess halls and presumably eating the scraps. He finishes with some experiences he had in Japan, including seeing General MacArthur, and dealing with discrimination.



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Date of Birth

1923 Mar 30

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Location of Basic Training




Ishimoto, Arthur: narrator, Hawkins, Richard: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Arthur Ishimoto oral history interview, part 2 of 2, October 12, 2010,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed June 24, 2024,