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"Kawakita v. United States"
A case brief of "Kawakita v. United States".
# 135047 | 750 words | 2 sources | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Law (International) , Law (Constitution) , Law (Historic Trials)

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This paper relates that the "Kawakita v. United States" case is noteworthy in constitutional and international law for helping to define the limits of the law of treason. The paper explains that Kawakita was a dual national (Japanese and American) who traveled to Japan during World War Two, and participated willingly in various atrocities against American prisoners of war. The paper then explains that after the war, he returned to the United States and was tried for treason and was convicted because he had acted so as to retain and claim the privileges of his American citizenship.

From the Paper:

"The facts of the case: Born in the United States of parents who were Japanese nationals, petitioner had dual citizenship. Prior to World War Two, petitioner obtained an American passport, which involved pledging his loyalty to the United States. He went to Japan, enrolling in a university and renewing his American passport, again swearing loyalty. He remained in Japan throughout the war, initially as a registered alien, a United States citizen. When he finished his studies, he registered with Japanese authorities as a Japanese national, and traveled to Japanese-held China, to work as an interpreter in a mine in which American prisoners of war..."

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