Mitsubishi ... and World War II Slave Labor
Christine Mahr of The Desert Sun reported on Olga Bjork's, wife of Clarence Bjork, recollection of Clarence's description of life at Mitsubishi's Hanawa camp. From http://www.hermanmathis-slavelabor.com/news/Oct281999_1.htm .
He was forced to work at a copper mine and smelter operation allegedly operated by Mitsubishi.
[After becoming a POW:] 'I’M OK’: Over the next two years, he contacted her, but only via Japanese-censored mail consisting of small cards with brief messages stating, "I’m OK,’’ or "I’m feeling better.’’
She heard about forced five-mile marches from the POWs’ barracks to the mining and smelter operations, often through snow even though they were barefoot or wearing only grass sandals.
She listened to the stories about long hours of hard labor, physical and mental abuse by guards, and meals consisting of grasshoppers caught and cooked by the POWs or a handful of rice peppered with boll weevils.
During his captivity, the weight on her 6-foot husband’s frame dropped from 190 to 117 pounds, Bjork said.
Even after his return, her husband suffered health problems related to his captivity, ranging from beriberi to ulcers.
Eventually he had to have part of his stomach and spleen removed.
(Last Updated: January 31, 2004.)
"... and meals consisting of grasshoppers caught and cooked by the POWs or a handful of rice peppered with boll weevils."