Japanese-American Claims Act

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The Japanese-American Claims Act is a law passed by Congress and signed by President Harry S. Truman on July 2, 1948.[1] The law authorized the settlement of property loss claims by people of Japanese descent who were removed from the Pacific Coast area during World War II. According to a Senate Report about the act, “The question of whether the evacuation of the Japanese people from the West Coast was justified is now moot. The government did move these people, bodily, the resulting loss was great, and the principles of justice and responsible government require that there should be compensation for such losses.” The Congress over time appropriated $38 million to settle 23,000 claims for damages totaling $131 million. The final claim was adjudicated in 1965.


  1. ^ "Japanese-American Evacuation Claims Act". Retrieved 27 August 2013.