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    "title": "Shosuke Sasaki",
    "body": "<div class=\"mw-parser-output\">\n <div id=\"databox-PeopleDisplay\">\n  <table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n   <tbody>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Name\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Shosuke Sasaki\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Born\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      March 26 1912\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Died\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      November 1 2002\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Birth Location\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Generational Identifier\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      <p>\n       <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Issei/\" title=\"Issei\">\n        Issei\n       </a>\n      </p>\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n   </tbody>\n  </table>\n </div>\n <div id=\"databox-People\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   FirstName:Shosuke;\nLastName:Sasaki;\nDisplayName:Shosuke Sasaki;\nBirthDate:1912-03-26;\nDeathDate:2002-11-01;\nBirthLocation:Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan;\nGender:Male;\nEthnicity:JA;\nGenerationIdentifier:Issei;\nNationality:;\nExternalResourceLink:;\nPrimaryGeography:;\nReligion:;\n  </p>\n </div>\n <div class=\"floatright\">\n </div>\n <div class=\"floatright\">\n </div>\n <div class=\"floatright\">\n </div>\n <div class=\"floatright\">\n </div>\n <p>\n  Financial analyst and Seattle redress activist. Shosuke Sasaki (1912–2002) was one of the key members of the\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Seattle_Evacuation_Redress_Committee/\" title=\"Seattle Evacuation Redress Committee\">\n   Seattle Evacuation Redress Committee\n  </a>\n  (SERC), a group within the\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Japanese_American_Citizens_League/\" title=\"Japanese American Citizens League\">\n   Japanese American Citizens League\n  </a>\n  (JACL) that pushed for individual monetary reparations.\n </p>\n <div aria-labelledby=\"mw-toc-heading\" class=\"toc\" id=\"toc\" role=\"navigation\">\n  <input class=\"toctogglecheckbox\" id=\"toctogglecheckbox\" role=\"button\" style=\"display:none\" type=\"checkbox\"/>\n  <div class=\"toctitle\" dir=\"ltr\" lang=\"en\">\n   <h2 id=\"mw-toc-heading\">\n    Contents\n   </h2>\n   <span class=\"toctogglespan\">\n    <label class=\"toctogglelabel\" for=\"toctogglecheckbox\">\n    </label>\n   </span>\n  </div>\n  <ul>\n   <li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-1\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#Inmate_and_Statistician\">\n     <span class=\"tocnumber\">\n      1\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"toctext\">\n      Inmate and Statistician\n     </span>\n    </a>\n   </li>\n   <li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-2\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#Redress_Activist\">\n     <span class=\"tocnumber\">\n      2\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"toctext\">\n      Redress Activist\n     </span>\n    </a>\n   </li>\n   <li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-3\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#For_More_Information\">\n     <span class=\"tocnumber\">\n      3\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"toctext\">\n      For More Information\n     </span>\n    </a>\n   </li>\n   <li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-4\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#Footnotes\">\n     <span class=\"tocnumber\">\n      4\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"toctext\">\n      Footnotes\n     </span>\n    </a>\n   </li>\n  </ul>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Inmate_and_Statistician\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Inmate_and_Statistician\">\n    Inmate and Statistician\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    Sasaki was born in Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan, and came to the United States in 1919 at age seven to join his father. The elder Sasaki had graduated from merchant marine school in Japan and spoke and wrote English fluently; he had jumped ship in Vancouver earlier and settled in eastern Washington state. Young Shosuke spent his first years in the U.S. in the town of Pomeroy where his family ran a restaurant and was the only Japanese family in the area. But after his father's sudden death five years later, he moved with his mother and sister to Seattle, where he helped his mother manage hotels and apartments and where he graduated from Broadway High School. He began to study engineering at the University of Washington, but illness and financial difficulties delayed his schooling. He eventually graduated,\n    <i>\n     summa cum laude\n    </i>\n    , with a degree in finance in 1939, but like many of his\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Nisei/\" title=\"Nisei\">\n     Nisei\n    </a>\n    classmates was unable to find a suitable job.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    After the\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/December_7,_1941/\" title=\"December 7, 1941\">\n     attack on Pearl Harbor\n    </a>\n    , he was sent to\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Puyallup_(detention_facility)/\" title=\"Puyallup (detention facility)\">\n     Puyallup Assembly Center\n    </a>\n    and on to\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Minidoka/\" title=\"Minidoka\">\n     Minidoka\n    </a>\n    . As a young\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Issei/\" title=\"Issei\">\n     Issei\n    </a>\n    who bridged the generations, he emerged as a leader of the anti-JACL population at the camps. At Minidoka, he worked on the irrigation ditch repair crew and in the fire department and also served for a time as secretary to the board of the camp's co-op. He left Minidoka in December of 1944, initially going to Philadelphia, before moving on to New York when he was unable to find a job. In New York, he was hired as a statistician by Standard &amp; Poor's, a financial research company, where he would remain for over twenty years. While at S&amp;P, he became the company's representative to to Newspaper Guild and played a key role in a 1952 guild resolution to urge newspapers to stop using the word \"Jap\" to refer to Japanese Americans.\n    <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n     <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n      [1]\n     </a>\n    </sup>\n    Despite his reservations, he also joined the New York chapter of the JACL.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Feeling that he was not being promoted due to racial discrimination, he left S&amp;P for A.L. Stamm, a New York brokerage house. He later moved to Denver where he was a portfolio manager for the Hamilton Fund. Just prior to moving, he married Yoriko Watanabe. A cancer survivor, her cancer returned in Denver and she passed away three years later. Sasaki subsequently retired and moved to Seattle, where his sister and her family lived in around 1970.\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Redress_Activist\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Redress_Activist\">\n    Redress Activist\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    Through his friend Mike Nakata, Sasaki met\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Henry_Miyatake/\" title=\"Henry Miyatake\">\n     Henry Miyatake\n    </a>\n    , a Boeing engineer who had a plan to pursue reparations for the wartime exclusion and incarceration. Having time and being in agreement with Miyatake about reparations, he become part of the core group that refined Miyatake's ideas in the\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Seattle_Plan/\" title=\"Seattle Plan\">\n     Seattle Plan\n    </a>\n    , the first concrete strategy for redress. Having done a good deal of writing and editing work at S&amp;P, Sasaki became the main mouthpiece of SERC, authoring the press releases, letters to the editor, and editorials. He also was the author of the group's November 1975 paper, \"An Appeal for Action to Obtain Redress for the World War II Evacuation and Imprisonment of Japanese Americans,\" which laid out the details of the Seattle Plan and which was sent to all JACL chapters. Sasaki was also one of the authors of H.R. 3387, the World War II Civil Liberties Violation Redress Act, introduced into Congress by Representative\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Mike_Lowry/\" title=\"Mike Lowry\">\n     Mike Lowry\n    </a>\n    on June 16, 1983. However without the support of\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Nikkei/\" title=\"Nikkei\">\n     Nikkei\n    </a>\n    legislators or the JACL, the bill was killed in committee, while a bill that created a study commission passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law in 1980. In protest, Sasaki declined to take part in the hearings of the\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Commission_on_Wartime_Relocation_and_Internment_of_Civilians/\" title=\"Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians\">\n     Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians\n    </a>\n    in 1981.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    His role in the\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Redress_movement/\" title=\"Redress movement\">\n     Redress Movement\n    </a>\n    was noted in Robert Sadamu Shimabukuro's\n    <i>\n     Born in Seattle: The Campaign for Japanese American Redress\n    </i>\n    published in 2001. He was also among those interviewed for the landmark 1999 film\n    <i>\n     <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/Rabbit_in_the_Moon_(film)/\" title=\"Rabbit in the Moon (film)\">\n      Rabbit in the Moon\n     </a>\n    </i>\n    . He passed away in Seattle at age 90 on November 1, 2002.\n   </p>\n   <div id=\"authorByline\">\n    <b>\n     Authored by\n     <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Brian_Niiya/\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">\n      Brian Niiya\n     </a>\n     , Densho\n    </b>\n   </div>\n   <div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">\n    Niiya, Brian\n   </div>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n    For More Information\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    Shimabukuro, Robert Sadamu.\n    <i>\n     Born in Seattle: The Campaign for Japanese American Redress\n    </i>\n    . Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Shosuke Sasaki Collection. Densho Digital Repository.\n    <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n\n    </a>\n    .\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Shosuke Sasaki Interviews, Densho. Interviewed by Chizu Omori and Emiko Omori, Seattle, September 28, 1992; interviewed by Frank Abe and Stephen Fugita, Seattle, May 18, 1997.\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n    Footnotes\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n    <div class=\"mw-references-wrap\">\n     <ol class=\"references\">\n      <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n       <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n        <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n         ↑\n        </a>\n       </span>\n       <span class=\"reference-text\">\n        <i>\n         Pacific Citizen\n        </i>\n        , July 19, 1952, 1.\n       </span>\n      </li>\n     </ol>\n    </div>\n   </div>\n   <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCached time: 20230622224618\nCache expiry: 86400\nDynamic content: false\nComplications: []\nCPU time usage: 0.019 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.026 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 187/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 2099/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 281/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 6/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nUnstrip recursion depth: 0/20\nUnstrip post‐expand size: 367/5000000 bytes\nExtLoops count: 0\n-->\n   <!--\nTransclusion expansion time report (%,ms,calls,template)\n100.00%   15.031      1 -total\n 47.13%    7.084      1 Template:Databox-People\n 15.11%    2.272      1 Template:Reflist\n  9.22%    1.386      1 Template:Published\n  9.15%    1.376      1 Template:AuthorByline\n-->\n   <!-- Saved in parser cache with key encycmw:pcache:idhash:2590-0!canonical and timestamp 20230622224618 and revision id 22239\n -->\n  </div>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"toplink\">\n <a href=\"#top\">\n  <i class=\"icon-chevron-up\">\n  </i>\n  Top\n </a>\n</div>",
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