Paul Ichiuji oral history interview, part 2 of 2, April 26, 2011

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During the occupation of Japan, Paul Ichiuji worked for the CIC to gather information. Paul got information from the butokai and couriers. Although Paul’s Japanese was not that proficient, he knew important words to communicate with the butokai. There was no interpreter used between Paul and the butokai because the butokai did not want to get caught.

Paul knew the butokai was a good informant because he was carrying directives from the regional area. The directives were on paper and there was not too much conversation. After meeting with his informants, he would give them a good meal and a payoff. The money to pay off the informants came from selling on the Black Market. Paul remembers his unit being investigated and cleared of the accusations.

In Mie-ken where Paul was stationed, there was no undercover or stealthy investigative work. Everyone knew Paul and what he was doing for the CIC. He recalls attending May Day and observing the demonstration. Paul enjoyed his work and when he had time he traveled around Japan. Paul saw the suffering of the locals. There were homelessness and food shortages.

The Niseis stationed in Japan during the occupation treated the locals well and sympathized with their situation. Overall the occupation helped Japan democratize and rebuild the country.

After Paul's service, he remains active and participated with
pilgrimages for his chapters.

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2011OH1042_02_Ichiuji

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Ichiuji, Paul: narrator et al., “Paul Ichiuji oral history interview, part 2 of 2, April 26, 2011,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed June 7, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1052557.