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Akio Konoshima oral history interview, part 3 of 4, July 21, 2009
Konoshima begins by speaking about his time in occupied Japan. After spending time in the American concentration camps, he would be shipped to Tokyo as part of the Headquarters team. When arriving in Tokyo, he would remember the destruction of buildings but as it was around 1950, much was changing. He would also be able to visit family that was in Gifu and see the black market. After about a year in Tokyo, he would be assigned to be an interrogator in Korea. In his experience, he did not notice any animosity from the civilians or the prisoners of war that he interrogated. Next he discusses the military occupation as a whole and how the implementation of Constitution and democracy would shape Japan's government. He also talks about the timing of American soldiers needing to be moved out of Japan after a certain point so that Japan would be able to reconcile themselves in due time. In later years, he would return to Japan as a writer for a newspaper and note the changes that he saw each time he came back.
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Konoshima, Akio: narrator et al., “Akio Konoshima oral history interview, part 3 of 4, July 21, 2009,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed June 3, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1055619.