NHK World: Smithsonian exhibit of WW2 Japanese internment

An exhibition about the World War Two internment of Japanese Americans in the United States has begun in Washington.

The exhibit opened at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on Friday. It will run for a year.

More than 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced into camps under an executive order President Franklin Roosevelt signed on February 19th, 1942, about 2 months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.

On display is the original copy of the executive order, and photographs depicting people's lives in the camps.

A panel featuring Japanese American civil rights activist Fred Korematsu is also on display. He was arrested after he objected to the internment, saying it represented racial discrimination that was in violation of the constitution.

Some of those interned when they were young joined a recent protest in Washington against President Donald Trump's order to temporarily ban the entry of people into the US from 7 Muslim-majority nations.