IAWP Member Will Share Remarkable Story of Years Spent in World War II Internment Camp

Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered over 110,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry, into forced incarceration. One of these individuals was IAWP member, Ben Takeshita. Ben spent four years in an internment camp. Today, Ben shares his story because he feels remembering this era will prevent it from occurring again.

Ben is a retired workforce professional, whose career spanned 42 years with the California Department of Employment. In 1964, Ben began serving as an interpreter for Japanese delegates who attended the International Association of Workforce Professional’s annual conference. Ben has attended 51 IAWP conferences, the most of any individual member of IAWP.