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UT to honor man who challenged Japanese internment

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A man who challenged the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans will be honored in Utah under a declaration signed by Gov. Gary Herbert.

The declaration signed Friday establishes Jan. 30, 2013, as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.

Korematsu, who died in 2005, was arrested in Oakland, Calif., in 1942 after refusing to enter an internment camp. His case led the U.S. Supreme Court to examine the internment order's legality.

The Topaz Internment Camp about 16 miles northwest of Delta processed about 11,000 Japanese Americans from 1942 to 1945.

Thousands of Japanese Americans living in the San Francisco Bay area were sent by train to the remote Utah camp after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

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