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Friday, 17th July 2009
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Japanese Americans get honorary degrees

A number of Japanese-Americans forced to leave university during World War II have been awarded honorary degrees by the University of California.

Yesterday (July 17th), the governing board at the university voted to allow the accolades to be given to hundreds of those who were sent to internment camps during the war and were not able to graduate.

President of the university Mark Yudof said: "This action is long overdue and addresses a historical tragedy".

The University of California is following in the tracks of other US institutions such as the University of Washington and the University of Oregon, which gave such degrees last year.

Grace Obata Amermiya, who was a pre-nursing student at UC Berkeley in 1942, told the Associated Press that the vote "filled her heart with joy".

Thousands of Japanese-Americans were taken to internment camps after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, which marked the start of the US involvement in World War II.

Written by Mark Smith.

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