Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki, California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chen, RNC Vice President Day
Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki, California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin, RNC Vice Chair Sharon Day

SIMI VALLEY — Japanese American Republicans (JAR) will sponsor a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m.

Also known as Public Law 100-383, the Civil Liberties Act was a bill sponsored by Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.), Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Norman Mineta (D-San Jose). It was signed into law by President Reagan on Aug. 10, 1988. The act served as an apology on behalf of the United States and acknowledgement of the fundamental injustice of the evacuation, relocation and internment of U.S. citizens and permanent residents of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

“What is most important in this bill has less to do with property than with honor,” Reagan said during the signing ceremony, which was attended by Japanese American members of Congress and community leaders. “For here we admit a wrong; here we reaffirm our commitment as a nation to equal justice under the law.”

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)

The event will provide an historical overview of the bill, in addition to perspectives on what future generations can learn from the redress process. A question-and-answer session is scheduled to follow.

Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki will serve as master of ceremonies. The guest speakers will be Sharon Day, vice chair of the Republican National Committee, and Justice Ming Chin of the California Supreme Court.

This presentation is free and open to the public. As seating is limited, RSVP to or (805) 878-8177.

A luncheon will follow at 12 p.m. with Day and Chin as guest speakers. The host committee for the luncheon includes Ohtaki, Charlene Hatakeyama of JAR, Eric Nishizawa, and Pablo Wong, chair of Northern California Asian Pacific American Grassroots Leadership Team.

The cost is $85 per person. Make checks payable to JAR and send to JAR, 224 Allegheny Circle, Placentia, CA 92870. For further information, email or call (805) 878-8177. Contributions are not deductible for federal or state tax purposes.

Attendees are allowed no-cost access throughout the library and museum, including the Christmas tree display, following the presentation. There will be a fee for a tour of the Spy Exhibit.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ( is located at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. The program will be held in the Air Force One Boardroom inside the Air Force One Pavilion.

Views and opinions expressed by JAR and event participants are not necessarily shared by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation.

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