After Japan bombs Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and the United States declares war, the Canadian Government orders the removal of all persons of Japanese ancestry, regardless of their place of birth, from within 100 miles (160 kilometres) of the B.C. coast beginning in March 1942.
1,800 of the 22,000 people of Japanese descent in B.C. are employed in the fisheries. The government impounds all 1,337 Japanese fishing boats. Japanese people are not allowed to return to the coast until 1949.