The government has set up a toll-free telephone number and an office in the Justice Department for anyone inquiring about restitution payments to people of Japanese ancestry interned by U.S. authorities in camps during World War II.

The toll-free phone number is 1 (800) 228-8375. In the Washington area, the number is 835-2094. Calls will be received Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST.Letter inquiries should be mailed to the newly established Office of Reparations Administration, P.O. Box 66260, Washington, D.C. 20035-6260.

The Office of Reparations Administration in the department's civil rights division will be responsibile for identifying those who are eligible for the restitution and for making the payments. The Justice Department is developing regulations for determining eligibility for the payments, said William Bradford Reynolds, head of the Justice Department's civil rights division.