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Totals in San Francisco and Parts of East Bay Run Higher Than Expected;
Clergymen Sign Plea for After-the-War Understanding

Last-minute preparations were being made today by San Francisco Japanese, who tomorrow move to the Tanforan Assembly Center, the first to be taken there. More will go there Thursday and Friday, preparatory to being transferred inland. Registration of Japanese in San Francisco and portions of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties was completed yesterday, 1923 registered here and 1187 in the East Bay.

The total registered in both cases represented more than the estimates. Incomplete total for the eight coastal areas was announced at 12,028, also above the number expected.

Today and tomorrow will see registration of Japanese in Solano County and in portions of Contra Costa, San Joaquin and Alameda Counties.

Further orders for the registration of the remaining Japanese in San Francisco are expected from Army headquarters within the next few days.

A pledge to aid citizens of Japanese ancestry when they once again resume their normal lives was forwarded to Japanese clergymen of San Francisco and the Japanese-American Citizens League by 28 Protestant and Jewish clergymen yesterday.

In part, the pledge said:

“We pledge ourselves to do all in our power to preserve the right which is yours, so that when a day of healing and peace returns you may execise freely your full rights as American citizens. We also hope that you will not only keep your faith in American ideals, but do what you can to influence your friends and relatives in that direction.”
Meanwhile, the Wartime Civil Control Administration revealed that more than 4200 farms totaling 160,000 acres formerly worked by Japanese were now being tended by farmers imported from nearby localities and adjacent states.
San Francisco News
April 27, 1942

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