Jack Tashiro, 80, who spent a year of his youth in the Tule Lake internment camp for Japanese Americans and who made a career as a senior officer at the Central Intelligence Agency, died of an intracranial hemorrhage Sept. 4 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Bethesda.
Mr. Tashiro worked for the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology, with assignments in the United States and abroad, including Europe and East Asia. He was a member of the Senior Intelligence Service and was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal as well as multiple commendations.
When he retired in 1980, he was deputy director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service.
He was born in Portland, Ore., and spent a year living in Japan as a youth, studying the language and culture. When World War II began, he was sent to an internment camp in Northern California, one of 10 war relocation centers where 120,000 Japanese Americans were detained. After a year, Mr. Tashiro was able to go to high school in Idaho and then was drafted into the Army.
Because of his knowledge of the Japanese language, he was assigned to the Military Intelligence Service Language Center at Fort Snelling, Minn. His duties included interrogating suspected war criminals, translating military documents, interpreting for general officers and attending the Tokyo war-crimes trial. He also taught courses in Japanese and remained on active duty until 1947.
He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1950; the next year, he received a master's degree in public administration from the University of Minnesota. He moved to Washington to join the CIA in 1952.
After retiring from the government, he joined VATEC Inc., a high-tech security company based in Laurel.
For the past 15 years, Mr. Tashiro enjoyed golfing, gardening and traveling, and walking with the 7 a.m. Montgomery Mall walking group. He was active in the Japanese American Veterans Association and enjoyed solving problems for others.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Marie Tashiro of Bethesda; two sons, Ken Tashiro of Bethesda and Jon Tashiro of Derwood; and a granddaughter.