Part XXXV of the WCCA Operations Manual.
Hiroyuki Ichihara Papers. Reel 2. Manuscripts and University Archives,
PDF version of the complete Wartime Civil Control Administration Center Regulations.
XVII. INTERIOR SECURITY REGULATIONS (WCCA Oper. Man. Par. XXXV)
- All criminal and civil laws, local state and federal, are in full
force and effect in all Assembly Centers. All of these laws and the
following Assembly Center Regulations will be strictly enforced by the
Interior Police. All violations of criminal laws or Center Regulations are
to be promptly reported to the policeman on duty at the Interior Police
- All radios and lights of every kind in all evacuees' quarters shall be
turned off by the occupants not later than 10:30 P.M. Lights shall remain
off throughout the hours of darkness. Exceptions to lighting regulations
will be permitted in case of fire, sickness, pregnant mothers, mothers
with young children, and other necessary cases, with the written
permission of the Center Manager.
- All evacuees shall be in their own living quarters between 10:00 P.M.
and 6:00 A.M. Exceptions will be permitted for persons going to and from
the nearest lavatory, or when necessary in caring for sick persons. The
Center Manager may issue written exceptions in other cases which in his
opinion are warranted by circumstances. Evacuees, when assigned to work
between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M., shall be provided by the
Center Manager with a written exemption from this ruling, giving the
evacuee's name and address; the duties to which he or she is assigned, and
the hours and location of duty.
- Evacuees are prohibited to contact directly or indirectly, either in
writing or verbally, any military police personnel assigned to duty at the
Assembly Centers except for official business, and then only when such
contact is initiated by military personnel.
- All evacuees are required to stay at least ten feet back from all
outside fences, including those which separate Military Police areas from
- Unnecessary noises or disturbances are prohibited.
- Loitering in or around the buildings or areas in which any of the
business of the Center is carried on is prohibited, but this shall not be
construed to interfere with any legitimate business an evacuee wants to
conduct with the staff of the Center Management or the Interior Police.
- Alcoholic beverages, excepting sacramental wines in the possession of
persons authorized, will be confiscated without compensation and turned
over to the physician-in-charge of the Center hospital who will destroy
all alcoholic beverages not suitable for medicinal purposes, retaining
that which is suitable. All such proceedings will be made a matter of
record in writing, including the names of those persons involved; further
the physician in charge at the Center will account for such retained
confiscated liquor on his stock record account. The destruction of
alcoholic beverages not suitable for medicinal purposes will be witnessed
by a Caucasian member of Center staff and a certificate to this effect
completed. This certificate will show what was destroyed, listing
quantity and brand.
- Tools which may be used as dangerous weapons, including knives with
blades three inches or more in length, that are necessary to evacuee
artisans in their assigned duties, shall be placed in the custody of a
person designated by the Center Manager who will check them out and in
each day they are used, maintaining a record thereof. This will not apply
in mess halls or shops in daily operation.
- The use of bicycles by evacuees in Centers will be limited to the
restrictions imposed by the Center Manager. Such restrictions shall be
published and posted on all bulletin boards in the Center.
- Traffic regulations for each Center will by published by the Center
Manager. Evacuees will obey all such regulations and violaters of these
rules will be subject to restrictive measures.
- Evacuee truck drivers shall not be permitted to drive outside the
Center except by written permission of the Center Manager.
- When an Interior Policeman, in performance of his duty, requests
information about an incident or person from evacuees, they shall give all
such information in their possession without reserve.
- The Interior Police Officers are authorized, without warrant, to enter
all buildings and evacuee quarters at any time of the day or night when
considered necessary in the performance of their duties.
- Fraternization between evacuees and Interior Police is prohibited.
- No evacuee shall enter any room, apartment, barracks or other
building, or part thereof which is vacant, without express permission from
the Center Manager. When enclosures of these kinds are normally occupied
only a part of the time, this rule shall apply during the unoccupied time.
- Purchase of any articles by evacuees from any source outside the
Assembly Center will be made through the Center Store. Such articles will
be subject to inspection by the Interior Police before delivery to the
evacuee. Parcel Post packages addressed to evacuees will be opened at the
Post Office for inspection by the evacuee in the presence of a member of
the Interior Police. Packages shipped by express or freight consigned to
evacuees will be similarly inspected at a place designated by the Center
Manager. All articles of a contraband nature will be confiscated.
- Property, articles or equipment belonging to, or in the custody of the
United States Government, or any of its agencies, shall not be moved by
evacuees from one building or location to another building or location
unless by written permission of Center Manager.
- Evacuees are prohibited from organizing, participating in or being
members of any secret club, organization (excepting Boy Scout activities),
association or combination of more than one individual. With the written
permission of the Center Manager, evacuees may organize athletic and
religious clubs, provided that all constitutions, by-laws and governing
regulations of such organizations shall be submitted in writing to the
Center Manager for approval before adoption thereof.
- All meetings within the Center shall be conducted in
language except as provided in Paragraph X-5 c and adult classes in
English and Civics, and in other cases where it is absolutely necessary
for the proper administration and operation of the Center. In the
latter cases, a transcript of the proceedings will be prepared, translated
and filed in the office of the Center Manager, a copy being furnished to
the Interior Security Police. The use of a spoken Japanese language will
be held to an absolute minimum consistent with administrative necessity.
- Except as noted in Paragraph XXVIII, a member of the Center
Administrative Staff will physically supervise any and all gatherings
(meetings) held for any purpose. This does not mean that a member of the
Center Administrative Staff must be present at all times, but does mean
that he will control and supervise such meetings by his physical presence
to the extent that it is deemed necessary by the Center Manager.
- The Interior Security Police, in addition to being required to attend
all meetings concerned with self-government, are authorized to attend all
meetings of whatever nature which are concerned with the maintenance of
order, discipline and observance of Center regulations. In addition, the
Interior Security Police are authorized to attend all group gatherings,
except those between the Center Staff and the evacuees which are concerned
soley with administrative matters of the Center. The Interior Security
Police will attend such meetings at the invitation of a member of the
- Meeting for the purpose of discussing the war or any international
problem are not authorized.
- The possession of and the serving of foods which require heating or
cooking will not be allowed in the quarters of evacuees. This does not
apply to formula foods for infants. Violations of the above will be
reported to the Interior Police who will confiscate without compensation
all such articles, delivering them to the Messing and Housing Section at
- The possession of perishable foods, excepting fresh fruits which will
be allowed, by evacuees will be as determined by the Center Manager. His
decision defining what constitutes perishable goods will be published and
posted on all bulletin boards.
- The laws of the state wherein the Assembly Center is located as
pertaining to gambling will be enforced by the Interior Police.
- Male evacuees, including auxiliary police, shall not enter the
barracks, apartments, dormitories or other quarters set aside for the
exclusive use of the female evacuees, except when specifically ordered to
do so by some Caucasian who is head of some Center Management Division and
this may be done only when necessary to carry on work of the Center which
can not be done elsewhere.
- Female evacuees shall not enter the barracks, apartments, dormitories
or other quarters set aside for the exclusive use of male evacuees under
- There will be no personal financial transactions or negotiations
between personnel serving in or with the Wartime Civil Control
Administration and Japanese evacuees. Any such practice by persons
connected with the Wartime Civil Control Administration in any capacity
will not be tolerated and all officers or employees serving in the
Wartime Civil Control Administration are required to confine their
relationships and dealings with such evacuees to official business only.
No personal business of any nature between Wartime Civil Control
Administration personnel and such evacuees is permitted.
- No evacuee is required to work, however once an evacuee has accepted a
job for which he will receive remuneration, the evacuee will, except in
cases of illness, carry out his or her assignment. Should the evacuee
desire to quit, he or she may do so, provided forty-eight hour notice of
intent in writing is presented to his Caucasian supervisor. This notice
will set forth the reason for quitting and effective date.
- Stoppage of work (except as provided in (a) above) by individuals or
a group with the intent to, or the effect of interfering with the
execution of the functions and operations of the Assembly Center is
- No evacuee shall prevent or attempt to prevent any other evacuee from
working. This rule shall apply to all verbal, written, or physical means
which might be employed, either direct or indirect.
- No evacuee shall deliberately or willfully destroy or attempt to
destroy or mutilate any government property.
- All evacuees shall obey the directions of the supervisors of the
projects on which they are working. Any evacuee who has any grievance
regarding such directions shall submit his grievance to the Center Manager
- No evacuee shall make, or offer to make, any payment in money or other
thing of value to any member of, or employee of the Center Staff, the
Interior Security Police or the Military Police for any act or omission on
their part or as a simple gratuity.
- Parents are required to properly and thoroughly instruct their
children in these regulations and the necessity for obedience thereto. In
those families that contain members who cannot read, it shall be the duty
of the oldest adult who can read to instruct the non-readers in all these
- No evacuee shall conspire with any other evacuee, or group of
evacuees, to evade any of these or subsequent regulations or any official
rules and orders of the Center Manager or the Wartime Civil Control
- Any violation of these regulations may be prosecuted under Public Law
- Under no condition will the use of profane or abusive language or
conduct unbecoming a gentleman be allowed in the Assembly Centers, either
by Caucasians or evacuees.
- Songs of martial nature or in praise or worship of the Japanese
nation, government, or Emperor shall not be played or sung in either
English or Japanese in Assembly Centers. The letter as well as the intent
of this regulation shall be fully complied with by individuals and groups.
28 January 1997