An open-air camp for the Japanese-Americans in rural California may reopen, after more two decades in hiding.
Bruno Campos, located in the hills of San Bernardino County, is one of more than 20 open-admissions camps in the United States that were closed during World War II.
The camp, located on the outskirts of Sacramento, was founded by the Japanese American internment committee in 1948.
The camp was shuttered in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
It has since been occupied by descendants of Japanese Americans who came to the United Kingdom to escape the Japanese military’s brutal treatment of the Asian minority.
During the Cold War, Bruno Campo served as a military training camp for members of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).
The US military’s use of Campos’ military base to train its own Japanese soldiers and civilians helped spark a wave of Japanese-American internment.
The US government closed the camp in 1978 after an outcry by the camp’s survivors.
Bruno’s history with the camp has long been an issue.
The American government used Bruno as a base for its own training programs, and then turned Bruno over to the Japanese government, which operated it as a wartime internment center for Japanese- Americans.
In the 1960s, Bruna Campos was the site of a standoff between the Japanese Army and the local American-owned railroad company.
A US judge ruled in the camp survivors’ favor in the 1980s and ordered that the camp reopen.
Despite the court ruling, Brano Campos remains closed.
For decades, the Japanese Government has refused to acknowledge the camp, which it has labeled a “prison camp” and a “comfort station” because it is used as a camp for wartime Japanese- American troops.
But after the Supreme Court in June 2015 overturned a lower court’s ruling that the government should not be allowed to reopen the camp and that the Japanese Americans should be able to return to their ancestral homes, the US Government announced it would reopen Bruno.
Under the revised rules, the government will have to find a new way to handle the camp.
“We are still waiting for that final decision,” said David Rabe, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of California.
“This is an historic step in ensuring that Japanese Americans can come home.”
The relocation of Japanese American servicemen to a new facility is part of a larger effort by the US government to repatriate and remove historical and cultural materials from Japanese-owned properties.
The move comes after decades of criticism over the relocation of some of the last surviving Japanese-origin camps in US history.