In 1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, America entered the Pacific
War. Junzo continued talking, "Just after the beginning of the war, we
closed the restaurant for four days. But this brought hard times on the
restaurant and we had very little business. One American called us
Japs. Another American whose son fought against the Japanese Army as a
Marine said, 'The responsibility of the war doesn't rest with you.'"
Mr. Taki, who was my business partner, had found a new job and had
gone. I sold the branch in Waterbury to my
friend when I was poor during the war.