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Mr. Oshiro and Robert Nishi in Snow Falling on Cedars

By David Guterson

Mr. Oshiro and Robert Nishi

These two are friends of Hatsue's family. Hatsue's father, Hisao, and these gentlemen do a lot of calling back and forth as conditions start to deteriorate for San Piedro's Japanese and Japanese American residents after Pearl Harbor. When Hisao is arrested on bogus charges, he asks that Fujiko call Robert for legal representation (since he was a lawyer). However, Robert had already been arrested himself.