“Was JonBenet’s baby sitter Nathan Inouye related to Canada’s war criminal Kanao Inouye?”
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Canada’s war criminal Kanao Inouye.
Only one Canadian has stood before a tribunal accused of war crimes. Of all the bizarre stories of WWII, his was one of the strangest and most compelling.
His story began, ironically enough, in Kamloops, British Columbia. Kanao Inouye was the precocious only son of Japanese immigrants. His father, Tadashi, was born in Tokyo and had emigrated to British Columbia. During WWI, Tadashi had served in the 131st battalion of the New Westminster Regiment and was awarded the Military Medal. He returned to British Columbia and became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 1920. According to Kanao’s testimony at his first trial, his youth in Canada was almost idyllic. He enjoyed his schoolwork and got along well with his mostly white schoolmates. The others even considered him a teacher’s pet. After his graduation from the Vancouver Technical High School, his family urged him to go to Japan for higher studies.
Even though his father died in 1926, Inouye’s family still had substantial connections in Japanese industry. His grandfather, Chotahara Inouye, was president of Keio Electric Tramways and a member of both Japan’s Parliament and House of Peers. It was hoped that young Inouye’s dual knowledge of English and Japanese customs would make him an ideal middleman in the burgeoning trade between Asia and America. But he found it difficult to make the transition from one culture to another. As a Nisei (a Japanese born outside the homeland), he was viewed with suspicion. Moreover, he found it impossible to engage in the small talk that is an integral part of socialising. If anything, he longed to return to Canada: “We used to go together with other Nisei’s and they always came around and asked us what we fellows were doing in Japan because we were not wanted there.”
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